Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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Cleaner textile production to save water in Bangladesh

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports that the textile industry in Bangladesh consumes 1,500 billion litres of water annually, depleting groundwater by 1-2 metres every year and affecting more than 12 million of Dhaka’s inhabitants.

To protect its homeland of Bangladesh, DBL Group participated in the IFC’s Cleaner Production programme to save water. On the facility side, it used machinery that consumed up to 50% less water than average, replaced water taps with aerator water taps and single-flush cisterns with dual flush alternatives. It also reused hot water from boilers.

On the materials side, it used chemicals that require less water and converted hydrophobic fabrics (which resist water penetration) to hydrophilic (fabrics that attract and hold water) to optimize water use. As a result, water consumption for producing one kilogramme of fabric reduced from 120 litres to 55 litres; dyes and chemicals used went down from 540 grammes to 417 grammes. As DBL Group says, ESG takes corporate social responsibility a step further as it includes governance, allowing strategy, structure and systems to cohere to the shared values of environmental protection and empowering the dwelling communities.

For more information, visit https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/06/stakeholder-capitalism-esg-global-goals/