Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Being environment-friendly helps Chinese textile firm
Being environment-friendly helps Chinese textile firm
10
Jul '12
It is generally believed by textile enterprises world over that going environment-friendly brings some additional cost to the company. But, a Hong Kong-based firm has set an example by doubling its revenue over the last five years since it adopted water and energy saving technologies.
 
China Environmental Statistical Yearbook 2010 ranks the textile industry as the fourth worst polluter among the country’s major industries. It estimates the total amount of wastewater generated by textiles manufacturers in China to be around 2.5 billion tons per annum.
 
In addition to direct release of wastewater, some fibres in various textiles can hold toxic chemicals and when those clothes are washed by consumers, the pollutants find their way into different water ways and thus pollute lakes, rivers and seas across the globe.
 
A study entitled “Cleaning up the Fashion Industry” released in April this year found several global fashion brands sourcing their apparel products from polluting units in China.
 
The report, however, praised some companies for taking pains to clean up its supply chain. These included brands such as Gap, Nike, H&M, Adidas, Levi’s, Burberry, and especially Esquel.
 
The Hong Kong-based Esquel Enterprises Limited employs over 54,000 employees, who make around 100 million cotton shirts every year for its various clients like Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Marks & Spencer.
 
Ms. Marjorie Yang, Esquel’s Chairperson, said Esquel had been adopting new methods in its operations, which has resulted in 50 percent less water consumption and 40 percent drop in power usage. These savings are being invested by the company in purchasing latest equipment and technology.
 
Yang’s approach has spurred the performance of Esquel and the firm’s revenue has grown from US$ 530 million in 2006 to US$ 1.2 billion last year.
 
Yang is currently working with researchers to find ways to replace water in the dyeing process. She also wants to develop new cotton species through genome sequencing, which will have an ability to grow on non-arable land.
 

Fibre2fashion News Desk - China

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 22nd Feb 2017

Bangladesh exporters want duty-free access to US, Brazil

Garment and apparel exporters of Bangladesh are seeking duty-free...

Textiles | On 22nd Feb 2017

India to produce 341 lakh bales cotton in 2016-17: CAI

The Cotton Association of India (CAI) has maintained in its January...

Textiles | On 22nd Feb 2017

'India to be self-sufficient in silk production by 2020'

Indian could be self-sufficient in silk production by the year 2020...

Interviews View All

Amrit Sethia
SOIE

‘The intimatewear category in India is slowly becoming trend-sensitive.’

Claudia Kersten
Global Organic Textile Standard

‘GOTS is a very efficient supply chain management tool, especially for...

Yash Maniyar
Rekha Maniyar

Indian fashion market is growing at a staggering rate

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Eric Scholler
Groz-Beckert

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

Silke Brand-Kirsch
Schlegel und Partner

Silke Brand-Kirsch, executive partner of Schlegel und Partner, a leading...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
February 2017

February 2017

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

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


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