Wastewater Toolbox Launched to Help Textile Industry Improve Wastewater Footprint

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Sustainability Consortium, founded by the University of Arkansas and the University of Arizona in 2012, has launched a Wastewater 101 Toolbox to help the textile industry learn about the causes, impact and treatment of wastewater. This free online resource will help manufacturers, retailers and brands improve their wastewater footprint and help the producers of clothing and textiles have a lesser effect on people and the planet's resources. The Toolbox is a hub for communicating the business case for wastewater treatment and integrates new standards, knowledge and resources across all parts of the textile supply chain.

The Toolbox was created through a TSC-member task force of leaders in the textile industry that include Hanes Brands, Fruit of the Loom, Walmart, North Carolina State, Cotton Inc., and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The purpose of the site is to help the textile industry learn about the treatment of wastewater as part of the textile manufacturing process, act on this sustainability issue through available resources and trainings and share their experiences with the wider community. The Toolbox connects users to globally relevant resources specific to 17 of the world's biggest textiles-producing countries. This self-guided website that uses tags to curate results will be a living and breathing resource for years to come.

"The textile industry is very competitive. We believe in a level playing field when it comes to the proper treatment and disposal of wastewater, which is a very important issue," said Philip Henson, director of energy and sustainability for Hanes Brands.

Sarah Lewis, senior director of innovation for The Sustainability Consortium, said, "The Wastewater 101 Toolbox fills a need - the need to easily connect people with resources and information about properly treating wastewater. Resources and information about wastewater treatment have been available but hard to find in one place. As a result of this industry collaboration, people can now more easily learn about wastewater and its impacts, share resources about treatment, and access information that helps them take action."

Adam Wade, senior director of sustainability and risk management for Fruit of the Loom Inc., said, "We were pleased to take part in the development of this Toolbox. The project was a perfect fit to apply our 'Core Environmental Values' that include commitments to activities directed toward the presentation and conservation of our natural resources and educating and encouraging our employees in the preservation of our natural resources."

The Wastewater 101 Toolbox can be accessed online here. TSC translates the best sustainability science into business tools that are used all over the world to create more sustainable consumer products. Founded in 2009, TSC celebrates 10 years of helping companies create more sustainable consumer products. Learn more about TSC's 10-year anniversary here.

About The Sustainability Consortium: The consortium is a global organization transforming the consumer goods industry to deliver more sustainable consumer products. We are dedicated to improving the sustainability of consumer products. Our members and partners include manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, service providers, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, governmental agencies and academics. Each member brings valuable perspectives and expertise. The Sustainability Consortium convenes our diverse stakeholders to work collaboratively to build science-based decision tools and solutions that address sustainability issues that are materially important throughout a product's supply chain and lifecycle. The consortium also offers a portfolio of services to help drive effective implementation. The Sustainability Consortium has more than 100 members and there are over 2,000 users of TSC tools worldwide; it convenes more than 200 global organizations annually over an average of 75 networking opportunities. Formed in 2009, TSC is jointly administered by Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas. It also has a European office at Wageningen University and Research, and a Chinese office in Tianjin, China. For more information visit www.sustainabilityconsortium.org.

Contacts

Erika Ferrin, senior director of marketing, communication and development
The Sustainability Consortium
480-965-7752, erika.ferrin@sustainabilityconsortium.org

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