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2023 / 09 / 27
EU Sustainable and Circular Textile Strategy
The European Union, as the world's third-largest economy, consisting of 27 members, unveiled its Sustainable and Circular Textile Strategy in March 2022. The strategy aims to establish ecological design rules for sustainable products, regulating the manufacturing and sale of products in the EU market to reduce their adverse environmental impact. Despite having over 160,000 small and medium-sized textile businesses and generating €162 billion in revenue in 2019, the EU still discards 5.8 million tons of textiles annually, making the internal textile industry the fourth-largest resource consumer and fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter. Consequently, the EU is committed to further driving the sustainable development of the textile industry to address these challenges. In 2022, global apparel and footwear production reached 620 million tons, with an estimated projection of 1.02 billion tons by 2030. The EU accounted for 22% of global textile imports in 2022, making it one of the largest markets globally. Recognizing the harm caused by fast fashion to the EU's image, the EU declared a war on fast fashion in 2022 and concurrently developed the long-term EU Sustainable and Circular Textile Strategy. From 2030, the EU market requires imported textiles to meet standards for "longevity" and "recyclability" and prohibits the use of harmful substances. Production processes must comply with social and environmental standards, which implies a longer product life cycle to support the circular economy model to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. The EU being the world's largest textile import market, textiles aiming to enter the EU market in the future must possess durability and recoverability. Therefore, Taiwan's textile industry must prioritize the development of recoverable fibers to maintain its competitive edge and achieve sustainability and carbon reduction goals. The necessitates comprehensive considerations in product and material design to meet the requirements of sustainable and circular textile products. Porlite® is a fabric known for being sustainable and environmentally friendly, addition to its excellent performance. Its waterproof and breathable features are attributed to its polypropylene(PP) microporous material, enabling it to possess both breathability and moisture-wicking capabilities while enhancing its waterproof functionality. What's most significant is that the production process of Porlite® is environmentally conscious. During the membrane's manufacture, it doesn't require water or solvents, significantly reducing resource consumption. Due to the material's unique characteristics, the bonding process only necessitates low temperatures, eliminating the need for additional solvents. By reducing the usage of water and energies, naturally leads to much lower carbon emissions. When you choose Porlite, you demonstrate your commitment to the environment and a connection with nature. 歐盟可持續和循環紡織品戰略 - Tnet全球紡織資訊網
2023 / 02 / 16
EU proposes ban on 10,000 PFAS chemicals - What you need to know
We wanted to bring to your attention a recent proposal by the European Union (EU) to ban up to 10,000 PFAS chemicals, which are widely used in industrial and consumer products. The proposal is part of the EU's efforts to address the risks associated with these persistent and potentially harmful chemicals. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a class of man-made chemicals that are found in a wide range of products, from non-stick cookware to firefighting foam. They are known for their persistence in the environment and their potential to accumulate in human and animal tissues. The proposed ban would cover a wide range of PFAS chemicals, including those used in textiles, food packaging, and cosmetics. The ban would also apply to products imported into the EU. Porlite emphasizes environmental protection from production to disposal. The main material of Porlite membrane is made up of carbon and hydrogen molecules. It is burnable with very low environmental impact and meets the standards on environmentally friendly in terms of saving energy and non-toxic emission. After all, Porlite creates no harm to human bodies and the earth. We will continue to monitor this issue and keep you updated on any new developments. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Information source: https://cen.acs.org/environment/persistent-pollutants/EU-proposal-ban-10000-PFAS/101/i6
2022 / 08 / 17
Beware & Be Careful - Forever Chemicals
PFAS is a toxic substance that can cause endocrine abnormality in the human body and even cause cancer. It is easy to spread but hard to decompose. As it accumulates within our organs, people have started to recognize the potential danger it has caused. Surprisingly and..maybe not so surprise!! Did you know PFAS are often found in textiles and even children's products? Nearly 60% of children’s textiles labeled “waterproof”, “stain-resistant”, or “environmentally friendly” that were tested as part of a new study contained toxic PFAS substances known as “forever chemicals” due to their persistence in the environment. PFAS in clothing can get into the body via several routes. The chemicals are volatile, meaning they can break out from the products they are applied with, then move through the air and inhaled by animals and human. Furthermore, the chemical and be absorbed by our skin, making us no where to hide. To avoid PFAS, we introduce Porlite®. A completely fluorine-free fabric from early production to DWR and after customer consumption. It is safe whether wearing or washing. Porlite® cares about people's health and the heath of this planet. Check the information below, or contact us directly to find out more about saving you, me and the planet. Information source: ‘Forever chemicals’ found in nearly 60% of children’s ‘waterproof’ or ‘stain-resistant’ textiles