Sustainability in Textiles

Series Editor: Rebecca Unsworth, The Textile Institute

The Textile Institute and Greenleaf Publishing have partnered to produce a ground--‐breaking new book series entitled Sustainability in Textiles. As the second largest industry in the world, textiles and textile production have a huge impact on the environment, the people who work within the industry and the development of business and government policy at a global level.

The Textile Institute, the world’s leading institution for the industry, defines Sustainable Textiles and Apparel in the following ways:
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  • Safe for humans and the physical environment;
  • Made from renewable materials;
  • Produced through making the most efficient use of resources such as water and energy;
  • Manufactured by people employed in decent working conditions;
  • Capable of being washed at low temperature using environmentally friendly laundering agents;
  • Capable of being returned safely to the environment at the end of their useful life (Performance Apparel Market, 2009).

The Textile Institute and Greenleaf Publishing are currently accepting proposals.

Chapters are currently been sought for:

Eco-Friendly and Fair: Fast fashion and consumer behavior

We are also interested in contributions on the following topics:

  • Sustainable textile products and eco-textiles (including cradle-to-cradle initiatives)
  • Human rights and working conditions of people employed within the textile industry
  • Social responsibility and corporate governance within the industry (manufacturers, carriers, researchers, policy--‐makers), and in different geographic regions
  • Sustainability within the textile supply chain
  • Institutions, structures and organisations (e.g. the role played by collaborative initiatives such as the UN Global Compact) and the impact on the textile industry
  • The public policy implications of responsible textile production, and the role that industry plays in public policy debates on environmental, social, legal, market and governance issues
  • Building the market for responsible textiles, focusing on how the industry reflects changes in market requirements and how the industry can positively influence the market
  • Identifying sustainability issues within specific sectors of the textile industry, for example, fashion, floor coverings, clothing, furnishings, scientific instruments

Proposal guidelines: books/edited collections

For books (monographs and edited collections), authors should send us:

  • A covering letter that explains the concept and aims of the proposed book
  • A description of the intended readership including discussion of (a) whether the readership will be especially strong in any particular geographic area, (b) whether the book is useful to an academic or practitioner audience, (c) whether the book is intended as an undergraduate/postgraduate textbook
  • A description of how the proposal differs from other books currently on the market, including a commentary on what other material has been published on this topic
  • A short CV, including previous publications if appropriate
  • A detailed Table of Contents or, for an edited collection, a list of possible/probable contributors
  • An indication of the intended size of the book, either in A4 pages or word extent
  • Several sample chapters including an introductory chapter
  • A likely completion date
  • Suggestions on how the book might be marketed (key audiences, networks that may be interested, potential course adoptions) and whether there are possibilities for bulk purchases by the author(s) or their organisation


Please address proposals to:

Rebecca Marsh
Publishing Director, Greenleaf Publishing Email:


Rebecca Unsworth General Editor, Sustainability in Textiles Email:

For more information on publishing with Greenleaf Publishing and general author guidelines, please visit our author services page. Please do not hesitate to contact the Publisher and Series Editor if you need more specific guidance, or if you would like to discuss a proposal with us.


Rebecca Unsworth is Director of Public Affairs at The Institute of Textiles.