“At the factory, we are committed to going one step beyond regulations to ensure better wastewater treatment standards, as it’s a win-win situation! Yes it’s expensive to treat the waste water stream, but what most factories do is to look at the system in isolation and not as an integral part of the overall process. We were one of the first factories in our region to install and run a zero-discharge treatment facility; this was done with the idea of recovering water for reuse, reducing our need to purchase fresh water and the treatment was in fact a byproduct, and that’s a different mindset compared to a traditional factory that looks at wastewater treatment only as a cost center!
Recently, we focused on volume of water as a parameter to work on and set about to bring the volume used per kilo of yarn to as little as possible. A year ago we were using about 90 - 110 lts of water per kilo of yarn processed, and through R&D this has come down to about 65 - 70 lts! This gives us a major savings not only in the purchase of fresh water needed for processing, but also savings of up to 12% in usage of chemicals & dyes. Plus, this has allowed us to expand our production capacity without expanding the water treatment facility - win-win again!”