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Helping to Deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Find out more about our commitment to a better, more sustainable planet

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (‘SDGs’) are the blueprint to help guide us towards a better, fairer and more sustainable future.

They are 17 integral goals that need to be achieved for our planet to become sustainable.

They were adopted by UN member states in 2015 and are designed to create a world that can sustain a fast-growing population and help achieve environmental and social balance.

Official UN SDG Poster 2019

They include goals covering climate action, life below water, and clean water and sanitation. You can read about them in full here.

Since their publication, responsible organisations have embraced the Sustainable Development Goals and built strategies to support their achievement.

SDGs are at the heart of everything we do

We are focused on making the clothes we wear and the fabrics we use as sustainable as they can be. 

Our Core Purpose is to dramatically improve the sustainability of clothing and fabrics throughout their life cycle 

We achieve this by minimising the resources and chemicals used during their manufacture and cleaning. We also cut waste and pollution by extending their life.

We believe the success of many of the Development Goals relies on the adoption of innovative new sustainable technologies, alongside many of us changing how we think about the clothes we wear. 

We are working with manufacturers, consumers and regulators to adopt our solutions with the aim of extending the availability of the world’s precious resources, and putting more water in the hands of people for their health and wellbeing.

The Sustainable Development Goals Xeros Supports

The clothing industry, including everything from the production of raw materials through the manufacture of clothes and caring for them at home, is the second largest consumer and polluter of fresh water after agriculture.

With one quarter of the world's population facing extreme water-stress and more than 1 billion people living with absolute water scarcity, this is not acceptable.

The industry is also a major source of emissions, responsible for significant amounts of greenhouse gases and half a million tonnes of microplastics released into the ocean every year from washing clothes.

By reducing the resources used, and the emissions generated by this global industry, we are directly supporting several SDGs. Our actions indirectly support others too.

UN SDG 6 icon - Clean Water and Sanitation
Direct Impact

SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation – ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Access to clean water is a fundamental human right and an essential part of the world we want to live in. But demand for water has outpaced population growth putting this finite resource under extreme stress.

Half the world’s population is already experiencing extreme water scarcity for at least one month a year and more than 80% of wastewater, resulting from human activities, is discharged to rivers and seas without any treatment.

  How Xeros Helps  

Our XOrb™ technology reduces the amount of water used in the making and washing of clothes and fabrics.

They greatly improve the efficiency of these processes meaning fewer chemicals are also needed to dye, treat or clean clothes, thereby reducing emissions and minimising water pollution, including eutrophication

XOrbs also extend the life of our clothes helping to lower levels of consumption and disposal, further reducing the water used (and polluted) throughout the garment lifecycle.

Read more about SDG 6

UN SDG 13 icon - Climate Action
Direct Impact

SDG 13: Climate Action – take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Climate change, driven by greenhouse gas emissions, is changing weather patterns, disrupting national economies and affecting lives on a global scale. It is costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more dearly tomorrow.

If we take no action the UN has forecast that the world’s average surface temperature is likely to increase by 3 degrees centigrade this century, adversely impacting delicate ecosystems, exacerbating storms and disasters and posing serious threats to food and water supplies.

  How Xeros Helps  

Laundry and garment manufacturing use large amounts of energy. Everything from the manufacture of chemicals and detergents, to heating the water used for hot wash and dye cycles, is energy-intensive.

Our XOrb technology often works at ambient water temperatures, significantly reducing the amount energy required, improving efficiency and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.

By extending the life of garments, through the use of XOrbs, we can further reduce energy consumption and, by potentially reducing the volume of clothing incinerated or sent to landfill, further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Read more about SDG 13

UN SDG 14 icon: Life Below Water
Direct Impact

SDG 14: Life Below Water – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

Oceans drive the global systems that make the Earth habitable, whilst providing valuable resources like food and medicines.

But, they are being exploited through over fishing and extraction, while increasing levels of debris and pollution are being dumped in them every year.

The UN Environment Programme estimates the economic impact of poor ocean management is at least $200 billion per year.

  How Xeros Helps  

Making and washing clothes and fabrics uses large volumes of chemicals and detergents. These can damage aquatic environments, unbalance delicate ecosystems and poison wildlife.

By improving the efficiency of these processes using XOrb technology we reduce the need for chemicals and detergents and minimise emissions.

Washing clothes and textiles, including those containing synthetic fibres like nylon or polyester, is a major source of pollution in our oceans, including microplastics.

Our filtration technology XFiltra™ greatly reduces the release of microfibres from household and commercial washing machines preventing a major source of pollution in rivers and oceans.

Read more about SDG 14

UN SDG 3 icon - Good Health and Wellbeing
Indirect Impact

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing – to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.

  How Xeros Helps  

By reducing water use in domestic and industrial processes we help clean water supplies to be diverted to where they are needed most – people.

We reduce the release of microfibres to the environment from washing clothes, preventing microplastics and other contaminants entering the aquatic environment and food chain.

We support WaterAid, helping to bring clean water and sanitation to communities where it is needed.

Read more about SDG 3

WaterAid LogoClean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are basic human rights. They should be a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere – but they aren't.

That's why Water Aid exists.

With the help of their supporters, they're working with their partners in some of the toughest places in the world.

Together, they've already reached millions of people with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, enabling entire communities to unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good.

And while installing taps and toilets is essential to their work, they do so much more.

They convince governments to change laws, link policy makers with people on the ground, pool knowledge and resources and rally support from people and organisations around the world, making lasting change happen on a massive scale.

Find out more about Water Aid and their work

UN SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Indirect Impact

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure – to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

  How Xeros Helps  

We are working to transform global industries and consumer behaviour through innovative, sustainable technologies that make considerable savings in the use of water, energy and chemicals, and reduce waste and emissions.

Read more about SDG 9

UN SDG 11 icon - Sustainable Cities and Communities
Indirect Impact

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities – to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

  How Xeros Helps  

As global populations grow and demand for water increases our technologies enable clean, safe water to be diverted away from industrial and domestic processes like the making and washing of clothes and textiles, to where it is needed most, people.

Read more about SDG 11

UN SDG 12 icon - Responsible Consumption and Production
Indirect Impact

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production – to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

  How Xeros Helps  

Responsible, sustainable consumption is about doing more and better with less; ensuring we do not overuse or deplete natural resources, degrade the natural environment or cause waste and pollution.

Our technologies significantly reduce the volume water used in the making and washing of clothes and fabrics. They also lower the amount of energy and chemicals used and emissions generated.

Extending the life of garments can help reduce rates of consumption and disposal of clothing. This means fewer resources will be used, and emissions released, during the making of clothes.

By reducing the volume of textiles sent to landfill or incineration we help to further reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

Read more about SDG 12