Raleigh, N.C.-based North Carolina State University’s (NCSU’s) College of Textiles and The
Institute of Textile Technology (ITT) have founded the Council for Economically Sustainable Textile
and Apparel Business (CESTAB) to provide validated information, analyses and resources to foster
sustainable social, economic and environmental practices within the global textile supply chain.
“Sustainability has become one of the most pressing issues facing the textile industry,” said
Allen E. Gant Jr., president and CEO, Glen Raven Inc., and chairman of ITT’s Board of Trustees.
“The institute, in collaboration with the College of Textiles, is endeavoring to provide much
needed leadership for the textile industry in addressing sustainability issues in a scientific and
According to the organizations, the council intends to offer resources to textile supply
chain participants with the aim of providing a uniform approach to addressing sustainability
issues; to conduct objective and verifiable scientific research to fill in gaps in the textile
sustainability knowledge base; and to offer and foster undergraduate, graduate and continuing
education programs for textile supply chain participants and the public.
April 20, 2010