Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / SA retailer Woolworths on mission to conserve water
SA retailer Woolworths on mission to conserve water
Mar '15
South African retailer Woolworths is on a mission to save water and to do so, is changing store designs in its retail store network across the whole African continent.

The retailer has set out to drastically reduce the amount of water it uses; focus on a water efficient store and in the process discovered a surprising amount of water, lost through unseen store property leaks.

“The Waterstone Woolworths store in Cape Town is a leading example of real estate designed for efficiency and better resource management,” Woolworths informs in a press release.

Woolworths is actively working to save water by drastically reducing the amount of water it consumes, in its own operations and those of its suppliers and applying these lessons across it whole store network.

Before Woolworths opens a new store, office or distribution centre, it now looks at the design of the property to make sure it uses water efficiently.

Its stores now include features such as water-saving air-conditioning, kitchens and rest-room facilities and at the same time a few selected properties collect rainwater, while a few others recycle it.

The move to sophisticated water monitoring, revealed a surprising amount of water lost through an extensive matrix of leaks, hidden from view, beneath its stores.

At one store in Cape Town, Woolworths discovered leaks, which resulted in the loss of 2.5 millions of litres of water a month, which is as much as an Olympic size swimming pool of municipal water lost a month.

Woolworths now works with property developers and landlords, across the continent to repair leaks and improve water billing.

By the end of 2015, these measures will see relative water use in Woolworths stores cut in half, from a 2007 benchmark.

Woolworths head office campus in Cape Town now taps into an underground water supply after the company realised that it could harvest the underground water, treat it and use it.

This water is used for the building’s bathroom facilities, kitchens, car wash, courtyard fountain and cooling towers.

This way, the office campus has saved 28.5 million litres, in municipal water, since 2012, with an aim to have a 70 per cent relative reduction in municipal water use by 2015.

Finally, Woolworths is also educating its supply chain and providing valuable water-saving tips to customers and employees.

The retailer also regularly measures the amount of water used by selected suppliers and works with them to conserve and improve waste water management.

The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the United Nations are among some of the other partners, Woolworths is also working with, to drive water conservation. (AR)

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 20th Jan 2017

TEA expects budget to upscale textile skill industry

The Tiruppur Exporters’ Association (TEA) has requested the Central...

Textiles | On 20th Jan 2017

Bangladesh could earn $60 billion in exports by 2021

Bangladesh is expected to earn over $60 billion in exports by the...

Courtesy: PIB

Textiles | On 20th Jan 2017

Govt to help Tangaliya weavers purchase looms: Irani

Government of India will facilitate Tangaliya weavers in purchase of...

Interviews View All

Krishnanand Tripathi
Textrade International Ltd

We believe in vocational education for entry-level employees, offering...

Mohammad Mamun Ar Rashid
UL VS Bangladesh Ltd

Productivity, creativity and innovation play a vital role in the growth of ...

Md Hanifur Rahman
Aman Group

The level of understanding the job role and organisational requirements...

Eric Scholler

The Indian market has huge potential in technical textiles, and by far,...

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Mike Hoffman
Gildan Activewear SRL

Gildan Activewear, a manufacturer and marketer of branded clothing and...

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

January 2017

January 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search