Textile wet processing is one of the most environmentally hazardous production stages within the textiles supply chain. Huge volumes of water are consumed during wet processing operation, which result in a high volume of effluent. Wet processing also involves several high-temperature operations, resulting in very high level of energy consumption. In addition, wet processing currently uses chemicals that could threaten the environment and pose a potential health hazard for workers in the industry.
Pressure is growing to lessen the amount of chemical, water, and energy used to produce textile. The current approach is not sustainable given a world of finite fossil fuel resources, a growing carbon burden, and a society that is becoming ever more intolerant to environmental assaults.
The world is increasingly looking to industrial biotechnology for answers to these challenges Enzymes, which are natural biocatalysts, provide sustainable way tro process textiles. These enzymatic solutions are relevant across an array of textile processes, including cotton pretreatment, biofinishing, denim desizing, abrasion and colour shade change, and wool, and silk, and leather processing.
Enzymes from Genencor, a Danisco Division and leader in industrial biotechnology, can help move the textile industry towards long-term sustainability. In fact, Genencor has long held sustainability as a core value and goal across all of its business.
The company is committed to developing innovative renewable enzyme products and processes that will carry the textile industry far into the future. It is its belief that Genencor enzymes will change the face of the textile industry and its impact on the environment in a fundamental way.
How enzymes promote sustainability: Enzymes replace harsh chemical currently used in textile processing. In addition to minimising chemical exposure and pollution, enzymes improve production efficiency. There is lower use of water and energy and lower CO2 emission compared to chemical. Genencor's novel enzymes will help one achieve added value and better quality textiles and garment using bioproducts that are safer for processors, highly effective, and gentle on fabric, garment, and the environment.