The Sweden Textile Water Initiative, one of Sweden’s largest public-private partnerships, is expanding to new countries in Asia and Africa after a successful pilot project in India.
Through the initiative, 28 Swedish textile and leather companies have cooperated with Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to work toward global sustainable production, educating suppliers and sub-contractors to help minimize the use of water, energy and chemicals throughout the supply chain. More than 40 factories participated in the pilot project, which helped save 284 million liters of water and 402 tons of chemicals annually.
Inspired by the success of the pilot, the initiative will now expand to include new factories in Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India and Turkey. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) will, through a unique business model, match the companies’ and factories’ investments in better water management.