*WINNER* Reducing Textile Water Waste


  • Lydia Smith
  • Emily Price


There is a growing concern for the abundance of water waste produced by the textile industry. This research explains how the industry generates pollution, destroys water ecosystems, and how to diminish the waste caused by the textile industry as a whole. With the rise in human civilization, a rapid increase in population, the industrial revolution, rapid urbanization, and oceans being used as a dumping ground for industrial waste, there is a major concern regarding the availability of freshwater sources. There is no denying that nature has the ability to tackle small amounts of water pollution, however, it would be catastrophic if a large amount of untreated wastewater was to be discharged into these natural bodies of water. (Bhatia, Sharma, Kanwar, & Singh, 2018, pg. 1) If this were to occur, the receiving bodies of water would carry precarious industrial pollutants, which affect the quality of water, into other more fragile aquatic ecosystems. This could cause irreversible damage to the water systems humans rely on for survival. This research explores the different ways to reduce water waste in the industry and whether or not it's possible to use household water saving techniques on a mass industrial scale to effectively cut back on water usage and waste.






Human Ecology