Of interest to textile producers wanting assistance in greening their production facilities and saving money and policymakers wishing to create support frameworks for green production.

Piloting of Ecolabels and Environmental Management in the textile production cluster in Tirupur India. Identifying and overcoming obstacles and quantifying gains. Of key relevance in other production centres.

Implemented in

  • Asia / Pacific
  • India

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Waste, incl. Chemicals, Industrial Sector

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

Start date

End date

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David Watson

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Tirupur is an important production centre for textiles sold in Europe and elsewhere. After years of farmers and citizens suffering from pollution of rivers and lakes, a 2010 regulation was established requiring the local textile industry to adopt Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) technology.

The objective of this initiative was to assist the industry and policymakers in using the regulation as a catalyst for developing a greener industry - in part through the application of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Ecolabels - and saving money and creating more attractive products for Nordic and other European markets in the process.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

The project presents some useful findings:

For brands - useful cases on how more active involvement with suppliers can significantly reduce production impacts and deliver a more attractive, greener product

For textile producers - cases on how to green production, overcome obstacles in adopting environmental management systems and meeting ecolabel criteria, and saving money a the same time

For policymakers - examples of how they can make links between producers and brands and capacity build productin companies in greening their production. Moreover a clear case for local policy makers in production countries on how environmental regulation can strengthen the local textile industry rather than inhibit it.

As a result of the project, 30 companies are greening their production, and five are close to or have achieved Ecolabel certification for some products and begun trading with Nordic brands. A EU/Swan certified cluster in Tirupur is close to realisation.

Next steps and how to get involved

If you're a brand or producer read these reports to see how ecolables and greener production can help you.

If you're a policymaker wishing to green the industry, think how you can capacity build and create links between partners and contact Henning Høy Nygaard at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs: hennyg@um.dk