In last blog post we discussed about the lack of top management’s commitment to implement the green textile supply chain. Even the top management is willing to invest the resources and other interest there will be another hurdle for the availability of green raw materials for the green textile processing. Asian market specially the South Asian’s consumer market for garment really doesn’t bother about the greenness of the materials. The processing and raw materials cost enhance the final product’s cost three fold which is sometime out of reach for most of the consumer. A small tour in the wholesale garment hub in Delhi (as shown in the picture) reveals the unawareness of green product. The non-availability of green raw materials is one of the big challenges for the implementation of green supply chain.
Quality raw material is very important aspect for sustainable supply chain. “Scarcity of natural resources” was identified as the most important driver for the sustainable supply chain; this driver again influenced the element “replacement of non renewable resources with renewable and reusable resources” which is part of sustainable supply chain management (Luthra et al. 2015). It is also observed that the environmental management system implementation has been considered the most innovative important strategy which is followed with ‘green procurement strategy’, where the green raw material procurement and its availability are given priority (Govindan et al. 2013; Luthra et al. 2013). The green raw material purchasing is involved into the several activities like reduction, recycling, reuse and material substitution which all drive and facilitate the GSCM implementation (Allen et al. 2010). The most practiced environmentally sustainable initiative is to encourage suppliers to use the environmental- friendly green materials and to follow the sustainable purchase practices like selection of supplier, educating and generating the awareness among the supplier and auditing for performance (Styles et al. 2012; Mitra and Dutta 2014). Especially in fashion industries, the adoption of natural materials and process impact on the quality of final product which directly encourage the use of green natural raw materials (Caniato et al. 2015).
The consumer should be motivated to buy the green product where as the government and legal body should implement the stringent rules and enforce the rules to implement. The subsidy and encouragement can lead to establishment of manufacturing unit for green raw materials and subsequently our world can be a better place to live.
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