Textile finishing will probably remain an industrial prerogative and in the future the safety of the process will be granted in all steps; starting from raw material selection, passing through chemical synthesis (with environmentally responsible production processes) and ending with reuse/recycle of all the articles at the end of their life.
The vision of a sustainable economy, based on “circulating”, re-using or deconstructing resources, is rapidly advancing.
As a result, companies are proactively searching for alternative raw materials and production processes for the development of new materials that can have a lower toxicological and environmental impact.
Virtuous examples of new sustainable technologies are already available in the field of polymer production for textile finishing in order to:
- Eliminate organic solvents
- Avoid/limit the use of toxic substances in all steps of production
- Produce biodegradable articles
- Substitute fossil origin raw materials with renewable origin ones
- Reduce carbon footprint in all production steps