Brooklyn’s textile industry is poised to see a renaissance.
But it won’t be easy to replicate what’s happening in the textile industry in New York, which is the country’s No. 2 apparel market, according to data from the industry’s trade group.
The textile industry, which has been booming for decades, has a growing demographic.
It employs nearly 10 percent of the nation’s workers.
In addition to more women, young people and millennials, the industry also accounts for a disproportionate share of apparel purchases at Target and Walmart.
But the textile alliance says it can’t do much to reverse that demographic shift, which it says is driving a “trend of ever-growing obsolescence.”
“I think we’re at a tipping point,” said Kate Smith, president and chief executive officer of the alliance.
“The tide is turning.
The textile industry has been a powerhouse for decades.”
A surge in the number of people in the workforce is one factor behind the trend.
The textile alliance has been working to recruit more people and train them in the industry, but some people still opt to buy clothes online or at the mall.
And that means more people in clothing factories must rely on their labor force to make the products.
“We’ve seen this in apparel and footwear, too,” Smith said.
To create more green options, the alliance launched a program called Blueprint Brooklyn, a new nonprofit organization focused on helping textile companies to create better ways to make their products.
They also launched a campaign called BluePrint Brooklyn 2.0, which aims to get more retailers to create green options.
The alliance said it plans to use the BluePrint campaign to help other retailers create green and green-friendly products.
“We’re committed to building a new culture of green, sustainable products and apparel, one that supports the workers, the communities and our environment,” Smith told The Hill.
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