As the textile industry accounts for USD 400 billion in annual global exports and The World Bank estimates that 20% of industrial freshwater pollution is caused by the textile industry, savings generated from sustainable water use has significant potential to impact our world and economies.
The Swedish Textile Water Initiative (STWI) is a collaboration between the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Stockholm International Water Institute and thirty textile companies. The mission? To reduce the textile and leather industry’s consumption of water, energy and chemicals.
The initiative is currently available in five countries and in total the water consumption has decreased by eight per cent in the factories, which corresponds to the daily need of water for nearly 50 million people.
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