Europe’s top industrial hemp panel contends in a recently unveiled position paper that as the European Union’s approach for the textile sector changes, hemp may play a pertinent role in making the industry sustainable.
The EIHA, European Industrial Hemp Association said in the paper that due to European Commission’s interest to explore new business models and materials as well as the skyrocketing environmental and economic value of hemp cultivation, hemp fibre will be one of the key organic fibres that the European Commission should focus on to foster a sustainable and European textile sector.
The Industrial Hemp Association should instigate collaboration to promote the growth of innovative commodities and processes while inspiring a re-localization of the whole phases of textile manufacture to restore raw material’s partial sovereignty.
Based on EU reports, the textile sector has been identified as a major industry in Europe’s efforts toward a more sustainable and greener economy. It’s the 4th largest industrial user of water and basic raw materials and comes fifth in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
EU’s Textile Strategy focuses on improving the sustainable textile market while forming updated green business layouts. The approach envisions creating eco-design initiatives, promoting the absorption of secondary raw materials, inspiring the reduction of dangerous chemicals during processing while giving private and business users more access to eco-friendly commodities.
Based on the European Commission, Europe’s textile industry has begun recovering after a long stretch of restructuring. The sector currently consists of medium and small businesses. However, 60% of the EU’s clothing is still created elsewhere when considered in terms of value.
EIHA asserts in the paper that through textile processing within the EU’s jurisdiction may culminate in a positive pour effect downhill in the textile commodity value chain and foster the development of new employment opportunities; thus, highly appealing for young entrepreneurs and farmers.