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Go green – RT Knits jingle
Nov '08
Today, production cost for most industries around the world has risen to record levels. The ongoing international financial crunch has only added fuel to the fire. Mauritius is one such country trying to cope with the situation.

Thus, La Tour Koenig-based Richfield Tang Knits Ltd (RT Knits), leading supplier of fine cut and sewn knit garments in the country, has taken up the challenge of not only decreasing dependence on non-renewable resources but also maintain a reasonable production cost at the same time.

Mr Patrick Koo, Project Manager, told Fibre2fashion, “We have invested in a new factory with view to adopt a sustainable development. Environmental protection and clean production technologies are the key focus.”

Mauritius is a small island country with hardly any natural resources. It is located far away from the key markets like the US and the EU, leading to high transportation costs. However, the region receives abundant sunlight and wind almost through out the year, and RT Knits hopes to cash on these.

Spanning over 30 acres of land, the said facility will manufacture products in the greenest way possible. Here, the use of oil is reduced considerably, natural lighting is maximized and electricity is produced from the sun. The rain water is collected and diverted to the boreholes to meet the factory's requirements.

Mr Koo explained, “The measures that we are taking include harnessing wind energy for extraction and ventilation and using solar energy for heating purposes. Buildings will be designed so that they allow maximum amount of natural light. We will implement control systems to save energy as well as modify processes to eliminate energy inefficiencies.”

He further explained that through the above mentioned measures the company will expect cut down the consumption of non-renewable energies by almost 60 percent.

“Moreover, emphasis will be on mitigating the impact of production processes on the environment. We are adopting the strategy of '3 R's', that is Reduce, Recycle and Re-use,” he said.

Finally, the Manager concluded, “I personally believe that we must to think 'sustainable development'. If we have to to increase our production capacity, we need to do it with the minimum impact on the environment.”

Fibre2fashion, News Desk - India

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