The current assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has highlighted the urgency by which we must transform value creation processes in order to secure the future of our planet. Approx. 8 – 10% (about 4 to 5 billion tons) of global CO2 emissions are generated during the production of textiles. The textile industry is responsible for about 92 million tons of textile waste per year, most of which is landfilled or incinerated.
The necessary transformation process to a circular economy must incorporate all stakeholders of the textile industry: From the raw material along the textile production chain to the users of the products - including reprocessing and recycling, also in the sense of upcycling. Both, regulatory intervention in the market and changes in the attitudes and behavior of market participants are required. Research must develop innovative and sustainable solutions, which have to be validated and scaled for market use.
Against this background, the ITA Group is presenting itself as the International Centre for Sustainable Textiles. The ITA Group is formed around the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA) as a core with several spin-offs and branches to address specific market needs and topics.
Their goal is the holistic biotransformation of textile technology and thus the use of biological principles for cycle-oriented value creation processes. This includes, for example, the closing of raw material cycles, the reduction of energy and water consumption for production processes and the principle of "design for recycling" as a fundamental paradigm of product development.
As an internationally active research and qualification service provider with about 400 employees, ITA Group develops fiber-based high-performance materials, textile semi-finished products and their production processes.