Water is vital for all people, animals and plants on this planet. Yet 2.1 billion people live without access to clean water and one in three people has no access to sanitation. SDG 6 therefore aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Water quality is to be improved in a number of ways, including lower pollution, less hazardous chemicals, and halving the proportion of untreated wastewater worldwide.
The global processing of textiles causes 20 percent of industrial water pollution. The wastewater from the textiles industry usually contains hazardous substances, which make their way into rivers and other water sources without being filtered. This is extremely harmful to the health of the animals and human beings living in and at these rivers. Furthermore, contaminated water enters agriculture, food cultivation and thus directly into the food chain via irrigation systems. Even in the case of improper wastewater management, it happens that sewage sludge is disposed of on agricultural land. That is why the members of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles stand up for an ecological and sustainable wastewater management as well as for the avoidance of hazardous chemicals. In doing so, they are guided by the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) of the "Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)" initiative, a list of hazardous chemicals that may not be used or may only be used in defined concentrations. Additionally, they support producers in establishing proper and environmentally suitable wastewater management including a proper disposal of sewage sludge. Thus, not only do the rivers become cleaner, but the people working in the factories who live near these waterways are no longer exposed to the risks.
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