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Envirocare urges Tanzanian textile units to save water

Apr '12
Envirocare, a non-profit making, non-governmental organization working in Tanzania since 1993 for a clean and safe environment that can benefit all citizens equally and in a sustainable way, has asked textile industries in Tanzania to reduce the quantity of water used in manufacturing processes.

Loyce Lema, Executive Director of Envirocare, said the textile manufacturing units in Tanzania consume large volume of water, which may lead to a shortage in the near future and may affect lives of countrymen.

She cited that a few years ago, during their on site visits to some of the textile manufacturing factories in Arusha, Tanga, Dar-es-Salaam, Morogoro and Mbeya, it was found that large amounts of water was being used in the production process.

She said water is a scarce commodity and hence efforts should be made to reduce its consumption in order to save the environment.

Ms. Lema said Tanzanians cannot afford to waste 150 litres of water to manufacture a kilo of fabric.

Experts said textile units can opt for cleaner production practices, which is an integrated strategy for products, process and services, so as to improve efficiency and decrease risks to the society and the environment.

The adoption of cleaner production practices has numerous other advantages including usage of fewer inputs, reduced daily operations, increased outputs and boost in profit margins, they added.

In addition, there are other benefits like decrease in usage of water and greenhouse gas emissions, thus contributing to environmental sustainability.

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