Popular retailer Gap Inc. and textile manufacturer Arvind Limited are all set to save 8 million litres of fresh water everyday in textile production process.
That amounts to incredible 2.5 billion litres annually!
The two biggies have joined forces to unveil a new water treatment facility that will do away with the use of freshwater at Arvind’s denim manufacturing unit in Ahmedabad.
This is a milestone for both companies in their endeavour to reduce the amount of water used in production and, hence, preserving freshwater sources.
The mill in Ahmedabad will now work entirely with reclaimed water using Membrane Bio Reactor (MBR) technology that treats wastewater from surrounding areas without infusing any chemicals in the process.
Taking pride over the efforts, Christophe Roussel, EVP of Global Sourcing, Gap Inc. said “We’re proud to reach this milestone in our ongoing efforts to end water-wasting processes and reduce our environmental impact. This project is an important example of innovative, sustainable solutions we can unlock through partnership across the apparel industry.”
He also commented “Arvind Limited is a strong and valued partner to Gap Inc. and a global leader in responsible, innovative textile manufacturing. We are excited to continue to expand our relationship through this critical effort.”
The water will come directly from the local municipality through a new pipeline to help go a step forward in water preservation and prevention of water scarcity.
Talking about the collaboration, Punit Lalbhai, Executive Director, Arvind Limited said, “This collaboration with GAP Inc. will not only help us achieve our water goals collectively, but will also help us eliminate usage of water in our textile production process. In last 2 decades and recently with the help of Arvind Envisol, we have made significant efforts towards water reduction and recycling activities. The partnership will also help in expanding scope of water savings across various industry sectors through an innovation centre.”
Arvind aims to reduce the use of freshwater in textile production completely by the end of 2020.
Notably, 90 per cent of its water already comes from recycled sources.
Through design innovation and partnership with vendors, the company has been able to save 5.7 billion litres of water till date. The new project will help save 3 billion litres by the end of 2020.
Gap Inc. has exclusive rights to the project and the savings it will garner in the coming years.