Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI)
In 2010, 35 major Swedish textile and leather brands and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) launched the Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI). The idea behind the initiative was to create a trustable platform for knowledge exchange that would lead to better understanding of the industry’s water challenges and to finding the right mechanisms to address them.
The initiative’s initial two-year phase received financial support from the Swedish government channelled through SIWI’s Swedish Water House. Through long internal consultations among member companies and SIWI, and external consultations with other Swedish experts on industrial water use, the first phase resulted in the creation of joint guidelines for sustainable water and waste water management in supply chains.
Members of the network have together with the support of the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) as implementing partner, started in 2015 the implementation of the guidelines. The Project is implemented at the main production sites of the Swedish brands which correlates with the global production patterns for textiles. The five countries selected for the implementation stage are: China, India, Bangladesh, Turkey and Ethiopia.
- Read more about STWI on www.stwi.se