THE PROJECT, SWAR, IS BEING CARRIED OUT AS AN IN-DEPTH TEST ON THE "GUIDELINES FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT IN THE TEXTILE AND LEATHER INDUSTRY", WHICH INDISKA INITIATED TOGETHER WITH THE STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL WATER INSTITUTE.
The management of water, which is currently in short supply in many parts of the world, is crucial for achieving sustainable development. Despite the fact that access to clean water is a human right, in many parts of the world there is an acute water shortage. In addition to being used for drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, there should also be a sufficient supply of water for cultivation and for industrial purposes. Therefore, it is crucial that we, as a company in the textile industry, do everything we can to achieve sustainable management of water, both at home and on-site, for example, in India.
Water consumption at all levels must be reduced and the use of water must be improved. From the cultivation of cotton, its use in spinning mills and production, to finished products and how we as consumers wash and reuse our clothes.
At INDISKA, we have placed great emphasis on the effect of water management in production by our suppliers. Although we have learned a lot and implemented many improvements over the years, we are not experts on water issues and cannot solve the water problems on our own. It must be done with common knowledge and through cooperation. Therefore, we work with suppliers, sub-contractors, our colleagues in the textile industry, authorities, research centres and other organisations.
Cooperating with other companies creates a greater opportunity to have an influence with our suppliers. INDISKA was the initiator of STWI , which is a unique cooperative project between companies in the textile and leather industry, SIWI (Stockholm International Water Institute) and other experts regarding water. Today, this cooperation means that 17 Swedish companies take joint responsibility for sustainable water management at our suppliers.
Together with KappAhl and Lindex, with support from Sida, we have also initiated a major educational project, which involves getting our suppliers to reduce the use of water, energy and chemicals. We are already seeing fantastic results after only a couple of years. This includes water savings corresponding to the annual consumption of many villages and a significant reduction of energy and chemicals. Read more about how we work with chemical issues here.
We also cooperate with WaterAid in their vital work to create access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene in India. The water shortage especially affects women, who often are the ones who fetch water, and who are also exposed to the greatest dangers when there are no toilets and they are forced to carry out bodily functions in the darkness.
Consumers also play an important role in regard to water issues. This is about where people choose to buy their clothes, and how they care for, wash and reuse them.