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KG Fabriks awarded by Indian government for sustainability

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

12-March-2019  |  3 mins read

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Srihari Balakrishnan (L) MD, Kannapiran Mills receiving award from Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, India.

KG Fabriks Ltd. (a unit of Sri Kannapiran Mills Limited) has been awarded the first prize in National Water Awards 2018. It received the honour in Industrial Water Conservation by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, India.

“The entire credit here goes to the manufacturing team at KG Fabriks. Everyone is a chief sustainability officer here and we help save the drinking water needs of a town having a population of 1 million every day,” said Srihari Balakrishnan, MD, Kannapiran Mills, who received the award from Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

KG Fabriks makes denim fabric and consumes just 6 litres of water to make a metre of denim as compared to others which use 60 litres per metre of denim. The company is connected 24/7 online to the water quality monitoring centre, Government of Tamil Nadu and is a zero solid and zero liquid discharge plant situated at the SIPCOT Industrial Complex in Perundurai.

In another development, the company signed an agreement with South India Textile Research Association (SITRA) for production of denim fabric with a new green reduction process and a dyeing process that will completely eliminate the hazardous reducing agents and the alkali used during indigo-dyeing.

It can drastically change the denim industry for the better. Through the implementation of this process, the company should be able to achieve better process intensification such in terms of better caustic recovery, reduction in energy consumption in effluent treatment and recovery of effective reusable chemicals from the existing dyeing process, thus stepping towards the development of efficient sustainable green denims

KG Fabrik is certified by TUV NORD as the most sustainable denim factory in terms of both products and processes. Green Denim and Product Zero are the two certified denim products of the company, based on the following sustainable parameters.

  • 100% utilisation of raw materials (both cotton and yarn)
  • Less usage of water, dyes & chemicals in fabric production
  • Water recovery from our ETP to the maximum possible extent – 97% recovery
  • Usage of renewable energy – 50% is from green energy
  • Zero usage Fresh Caustic and Softeners
  • Fabric from recycled cotton and recycled polyester yarns- PCW enabled