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.