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sustainability, this book revolves around their implications to textiles and clothing sector. It is important and need of the hour to talk about the environmental impacts of textiles and clothing. But when it comes to sustainability of textiles and clothing, it is most commonly noticed from various sources such as literature and media that the other two pillars of sustainability namely social and economic are masked and carried away by the environmental impacts. Only environmental impacts are in focus when sustainability in textiles is de fi ned. The other two parts or elements of sustainability are also equally important and they make much more sense when it comes to sustainability in textile industry. These uncharted areas will be discussed in detail to augment to the sustainability in textiles knowledge further. Keywords Environmental sustainability Á Economic sustainability Á Social sustainability Á Raw material Á Manufacturing Á End of life 1 Introduction Sustainability in textile industry is a vast topic and it cannot be explained in a single volume of book, as this topic encompasses a wide array of elements into it. This topic is mainly chosen as a theme or title of this book for manifold reasons and one of them is that this title is becoming more and more important these days and many universities in the world have started teaching subjects in this area and with a hope that this book can become as a useful reference for the students. Second reason is S.S. Muthu ( & ) Environmental Services Manager-Asia, SGS (HK) Limited, Hong Kong, China e-mail: [email protected] © Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017 S.S. Muthu (ed.), Sustainability in the Textile Industry , Textile Science and Clothing Technology, DOI 10.1007/978-981-10-2639-3_1 1
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that this topic is so diverse and there is a lot more to write. There are many aspects of this topic, which were rarely touched or there are no books on those aspects. The concept of sustainability is not new and it has been known to the world since 1962 after the publication of Rachel Carson s Silent Spring. Publication of Silent Spring is the beginning of our thought process towards sustainability and especially the interactions among the basic elements of sustainability (SD Timeline 2012 ). Later on, there were many developments in the fi eld of sustainability (Mebratu 1998 ) since today and the developments are going on and on every day. There were many activities which have fostered the concept and understanding of sustainability after the release of Silent Spring in 1962, such as the initiation of fi rst Earth Day in 1970 (USA), polluter pays principle in 1971, release of work on chloro fl uorocar- bons (CFCs) by Rowland and Molina in Nature journal in 1974, release of World Conservation Strategy in 1980, establishment of World Resources Institute in 1982, discovery of Antarctic ozone hole in 1985. This long list also has the release of Brundtland Report Our Common Future in 1987; this is the report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, which has united social, economic, cultural and environmental issues and global solutions together. Very important
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