The World Health Organisation has launched a $25 million programme to help manufacturers and retailers build better processing processes to cut down on the number of garments that end up in landfills.
The WHO said it will be using its Global Greening Initiative to provide financing to help the world’s major textile producers and retailers develop more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly processes to reduce the global waste.
The initiative is aimed at addressing issues such as environmental degradation, human health, and the health of workers, said Joao Pedro, director general of the WHO.
“Our ambition is to develop solutions to these issues that will enable these companies to save billions of dollars in waste, improve quality and reduce waste,” Pedro said in a statement.
“We are also developing a network of partners that will work together to build sustainable, resilient, and sustainable businesses.”
More than 200 companies have already signed up to the initiative, with the goal of reducing their waste and creating jobs.
More:The WHO has been working for years on a project that aims to tackle what it calls the global “garment industry’s growing challenges”.
“The global apparel industry is now a global source of hazardous waste, with more than a billion garments produced annually,” said Dr Sarah McQuade, the WHO’s associate director general for sustainable development.
“Its waste is also a global problem, costing the world an estimated $10 billion a year.”
The WHO says that as of January 2018, more than 60 per cent of all garments in the world were not manufactured in a sustainable way.
More and more clothing is being made with machines that use chemicals and plastics, and some of these products are often destined for landfares, the World Health Organization said.
The organisation said that its Global Cleaning Programmes aim to identify ways to reduce and control the waste and emissions produced by factories.
“The programme is also intended to identify the key environmental and social challenges facing the textile industry,” it said.