Waste Not: A Factory's Commitment to Water Recycling

At Coyuchi, we talk a lot about our products being earth friendly. But what does that really mean? It means the cotton we use is grown according to the strictest organic standards. But what happens when those fibers leave the farm?

At the factory level, an equally stringent set of standards guides processing and production. We're proud to partner with fabric mills and facilities that share our reverence for the environment, and we're astounded by the effort and ingenuity that goes into ensuring that the products we create are as low-impact as possible.

In the southern region of India, for instance, the factory that creates many of our most popular products has created one of the few "zero discharge" textile processing units in the country. This plant recycles 100% of the water generated by the dying process, using limestone to filter out the residual pigment (a process called reverse osmosis) and diverting sediment to solar beds where it is dried. Then it is used as a raw material to make cement down the road. Not one liter of wastewater leaves the plant, and all the well water that comes in is carefully monitored by electric flow meters. All in all, the factory recycles and uses 90% of the wastewater in the form of fresh water and salt solution, and approximately 10% is lost to natural evaporation and mechanically evaporated.

Beyond water conservation and recycling, they are also actively working to decrease the factory's energy consumption each year and increase the percentage of products they create using organic and recycled fibers.

We're inspired by their commitment to ecologically sound practices, and we love knowing that our products are truly earth friendly from the farm to the factory to the store shelf to your home.

Above: The factory's water chemist drinks the purified, recycled water.

Above: Wastewater is put into solar beds where limestone will later be added.

Above: Natural limestone is used for reverse osmosis.

Above: Solar beds

Above: Pure, drinkable water that was once considered wastewater.

Above: Pure water going back into the city's water system.

Above: Before and after the water recycling process.

Above: The by-product clay that is used for cement. 

 

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