Paul Fogleman,

Pursuit of sustainable manufacturing strategies has been touted—and implemented—over the past decade by textile manufacturers. In the future, there will be no option for textile companies in the U.S, according to the keynote speaker at the recent SYFA conference in Charlotte.

Randi Kronthal-Sacco, chief marketing officer for Pure Renewals LLC, asserted that production of textiles products is having a significant impact on climate change, the availability of future water supplies, and clean air. The manufacture of manmade fiber is energy-intensive and creating carbon monoxides. She also said that 62 billion pounds of post-industrial textile waste goes into U.S. landfills every year.

Ms. Kronthal-Sacco argued that sustainable manufacturing is good for business, leading to more innovation, loyalty of consumers, a lower-cost supply chain, and an improved return on assets.

Manufacturing segments that threaten the availability of clean water or over-tax landfills also will face the threat of government intervention if public opposition is aroused. Local and state lawmakers can lead to expensive confrontations as the current coal ash controversy in North Carolina attests.

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