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Reducing Water Consumption In Denims: An Inspiration

By: Muskan Aggarwal | Date: 13th November 2019
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Water is an essential resource that we are running out of, and will run out of if the present scenario persists. We as living beings have a water foot-print that will leave us speechless if we ever ever saw it quantified.

However, the major contributers to the water foot-print are the industries like electricity, steel and textile industry. It is the textile industry’s usage or wastage of water that we are going to look at.

It takes 75 litres of water to produce one pair of denims, a commodity which is of an everyday use. How can we bring this down? This answer can be found in the technology used by Arvind LTD.

Arvind LTD is a textile manufacturing company which makes use of environmentally sustainable and innovative practices to not only have the upper hand in business but also adopt an eco-friendly approach in their processes.

Realising the mass wastage of water in production of jeans, they took an initiative to reduce that amount to a minimal of 15 litres from the massive 75 litres; infact, they are even looking at a waterless dyeing of denim in the next few years.

Their approach to achieve this has been by developing water solutions and also using it to help others through their venture, Arvind Envisol; also securing a patent for its Polymeric Film Evaporation Technology, which helps to save 80% energy cost for Envisol’s Zero Liquid Discharge water treatment system.

Next their focus has been on three domains, one, human protection through fabric technology, next, glass fabrics for applications where strength and weight restrictions combine and lastly and most importantly, industrial application where the focus is on filtration of gases and liquids and these are what add to make Arvind LTD a company which is known for using renewable energy, recycling water, having the largest zero liquid discharge plant, and sustainable operations in production.

We should encourage such sustainable innovation so that a necessary industry like textile can start contributing in conservation efforts to protect our precious resource. Every drop of water counts.

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