In order to explore the sustainability for the entire supply chain, a new type of organization (e.g. a consortium) may be required to objectively supervise the entire process. Such a consortium would promote life cycle thinking and explore different technologies for the elimination (not only reduction) of chemicals in the production cycles.
On average, a dress bought by a final customer is worked upon by 9 different suppliers that have only a part of the vision. Each normally thinks only of its specific production problems rather than real, more authentic needs of the final customers in terms of quality, functionality or knowledge. The Business Case will promote transparency and social responsibility to the degree possible, although specific agreements may be required for the protection of Intellectual Property RightsThe approach could examine the above issues by surveying potential partners for sourcing, organizing and producing sustainable T&C products made from cotton. The focus will be on environment-related issues (e.g. waste and water reduction, recycling, etc.) through an action research method for several areas of the textile process: design, sampling, finishing, dyeing, drying, technical (including 'smart') textile experimentation.