Ecology as it relates to textile produc­tion is IVN’s core compe­tence since its inincep­tion. The conven­tional produc­tion of clothing and such impacts the environ­ment in many and various ways, many of them negative. Soil and aquifers are polluted, climate change is exacer­bated, diver­sity of species neglected, resources wasted, toxins end up in our clothing and much much more. Although our focus today is less on garments and more on other textile and leather products, environ­mental protec­tion and consumer safety remain two of the main focal points of our associa­tion and our members. We have only this one planet earth which only we can preserve. On a similar level, we as consu­mers are increa­singly respectful of our own health.