A total of 92 million tonnes of textile waste are thought to be produced annually, and by 2030, the global emissions from the apparel industry are expected to rise by 50%. These startling figures reveal the extent of environmental pollution brought on by the textile and apparel industries.
The European Commission (EC) recently suggested that products must meet the ecological design criteria, underscoring the importance of the textile industry’s commitment to sustainability. In order to combat fast fashion, textile waste, and the destruction of unsold textiles, as well as to ensure that their production is carried out in accordance with social rights, the EC proposed a new strategy to make textiles more robust, repairable, reusable, and recyclable.
With the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), the EU has historically been a significant market for Vietnam’s textile and footwear industries. According to information provided by Vu Duc Giang, chairman of the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association, exports of textiles and apparel to the EU increased significantly in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year by about 40%.
The greening of textiles and apparel is receiving more attention as a result of the EC’s ecological design criteria. Vietnam must improve and adapt if it wants to export to the EU market.
Sustainable production is essential, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) was informed by Nguyen Thi Hoang Thuy, the country’s trade representative to Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway.
Due to the absence of development space plans for a large-scale textile and dyeing industry, Vietnamese businesses continue to face a number of obstacles in their efforts to meet the criteria for sustainable textiles. Furthermore, the Nordic region has strict environmental standards and a demanding market.
She emphasized, however, that there is still a sizable window of opportunity for the leather, footwear, and textile industries to enter the EU market. Utilizing recycled materials, following labor and environmental standards, and considering the country of origin of the product are also important.
Realizing that “every challenge is an opportunity,” The Cat Tuong Real Estate Group’s Aurora Industrial Park is setting the standard for developing a green textile industrial park.
One of the very few IPs in Vietnam that is certified to house fabric-dyeing facilities is Aurora IP. One of the largest water supply and wastewater capacities in the nation as well as the growth of complex social infrastructure are all designed into its infrastructure at the same time.
For instance, Aurora’s wastewater treatment system is expertly planned, has a large capacity of 110,000 m3/day and night, is divided into modules with cutting-edge and synchronous technology, and is intended to ensure the receipt and standard of wastewater treatment before discharging.
According to experts, solutions for green industrial parks still need to address the most fundamental needs like electricity, water, and labor resources.
Aurora IP is ideally situated in the 14,000-hectare Ninh Co Economic Zone, which has a comprehensive infrastructure including an airport, a seaport, and power generation facilities. The IP receives its human resources from two sources: a local supply of 10,000 workers who have completed high school or have received basic training in the IP and a supply of 130,000 people in the nearby districts who are between the ages of 21 and 35.
The direction of Aurora IP towards the green textile industry, according to experts, is the right path as global textile enterprises have shifted their priority to be in favor of “green businesses.” For businesses in this sector, sustainable development ranks as the most crucial strategic goal.
As a result of the widespread adoption of greener technologies to address environmental concerns in the region and to comply with the rules of origin for garment and textile products, Asia Pacific is predicted to experience significant growth in the global market for green textiles, according to ResearchAndMarkets.com.
“Aurora IP is well aware of its responsibility to construct an industrial park that completely complies with the stringent requirements for greening the textile industry in light of the increasingly strict requirements for a green and sustainable textile industry. We believe that the development of eco-industrial parks is considered a solution not only to overcome the limitations and inadequacies of environmental problems but also to promote sustainable growth,” said the CEO and Chairman of the Cat Tuong Group, Mr. Tran Quoc Viet.