The Microfibre Consortium (TMC), based in the UK, recently launched a new global commitment to achieve zero impact from fiber fragmentation from textiles to the environment by 2030. Sophie Mather is the executive director of TMC. The fashion industry has made significant progress in identifying the underlying reasons of the issue, and now is the time to move quickly to implement remedies, according to the expert.

The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) makes it easier for the textile industry to create workable solutions that reduce the amount of fiber fragmentation and environmental release during production and the product life cycle.

Mather stated this week that it is critical to integrate this issue into the broader sustainability agenda in order to facilitate no-regrets decision-making.

The executive director of the Microfibre Consortium, Sophie Mather, has announced a global commitment to achieve zero environmental effect from textile fiber fragmentation by 2030. The fashion industry has made great advances in identifying the root causes of the issue, and now is the time to move quickly to implement remedies, according to the expert.

According to Mather, stakeholders have not had a clear global objective to work within up until now, which has prevented research funds from being distributed in a manner that is sufficiently strategic to produce cogent results and advance development. Change is sought with the help of the Microfibre 2030 Commitment and its supporting Roadmap.

TMC, a multi-stakeholder project, hopes to secure support from 100 brands, retailers, manufacturers, and research organizations by the end of next year and 250 by 2030. Its members include Adidas, Gap Inc., Patagonia, and Zara owner Inditex.

Some of the agreements’ early adopters include Birla Cellulose, Finisterre, Handamp;M, Helly Hansen, Hohenstein, Jack Wolfskin, and SGS. According to a TMC press statement, The Nature Conservancy and the ZDHC Foundation have also pledged their support.

The fashion industry has overcome one of the main barriers to addressing the issue with the publication of various universal test methods for analyzing microfibre release, including TMC’s own, Mather said. This allows the actual job to start in earnest.

In order to test and quantify pre-consumer microfibre loss from the manufacturing sector, TMC plans to implement a process by the end of the year. They also intend to develop a Microfibre Data Portal where these results can be stored and pilot a Microfibre Knowledge Hub where brands, retailers, and suppliers can access helpful information.

The Roadmap will publish its first progress report in 2023, establish a baseline for fiber fragmentation for signatories, and issue a call to action to stakeholders to use this collective knowledge to reduce fiber fragmentation.

The Commitments signatories will embrace the Microfibre Global Rating system when it is introduced in 2025 in order to establish a more uniform strategy. By 2030, TMC wants 80% of its backers to approve and put microfibre limits into practice.

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