Fascinating Facts About the Textile Industry
The textile industry is booming, with new technologies being discovered each week that could possibly change the world. If you keep up to date with our blogs, you'll have heard about some of the most recent innovations such as self-heating clothing, fibres that act like human muscles and a range of other incredible inventions.
The evolution of the industry has come a long way over the years, with new fibres being developed and a focus being given to incorporating digital and high-tech aspects into both the textile process, and the finished fibres. We've got some fascinating facts to share with you today about the wonderful world of the textile industry which you probably didn't know:
The textile industry spans far further than just the fashion markets, from protective clothing to car seats and interiors.
The current industry is estimated to be worth around £3 trillion including all forms of textiles, apparel, clothing and footwear.
The textile industry provides millions of people with jobs every year, with the fashion markets alone employing over 800,000 people worldwide.
7 million of those jobs in the textile industry are within the EU alone.
A simple cotton t-shirt requires around 3000L of water throughout the manufacturing process.
The industrial revolution was where the textile industry first began. Before that, workers would simply make fabrics and garments in their homes and deliver them to their merchants.
The invention of the loom in the 1780s was a key innovation in the industry, meaning that cloth could be woven on a mechanical device. The English inventor was named Edmund Cartwright.
There are hundreds of different types of materials with some incredible capabilities, such as fabric that can withstand extreme temperatures, those that can conduct electricity and close proximity protection materials for safety.
In Britain, we generate around 1.2 million tons of textile waste each year. However, there are programs and initiatives in place which are working to reduce the wastage through future technologies and innovative fibres.
Cotton is the most commonly used fabric in the world, and it is often combined with other natural or man-made fibres to get the best of a range of fabric qualities.
Cotton has been used since around 3000BC and is the oldest fibre known to man.
The focus of European textiles in the current market is going digital and creating high-tech textiles with fibre-based performance and the digitalisation of the supply chain for greater efficiency. This meets with the current global trends of digitalisation in many aspects of our everyday lives.
More than 70% of those employed within the textile industry today are female, and statistics like this are not seen in any other sector.
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