A successful awareness-building seminar on ‘ZDHC Chemical Management Implementation’ has been held at the premises of Envoy Textiles Limited where Textile Today was the ‘Sustainability Partner’. They recently have been approved as a ZDHC Contributor as the third factory (after ACS Textiles, and Towels and Denim Expert Ltd.) in Bangladesh. As part of the onboarding process of the company, a visit was made by Prasad Pant, South Asia Director, ZDHC Foundation to their manufacturing facility at Bhaluka on 15th January 2019.
During this visit, he made a presentation to the employees of the factory on important aspects of chemical management and the ZDHC Program. K M Rezaur Rahman, Head of Project Management, Envoy Textiles Ltd and Tauhidul Islam, Senior Manager, Compliance & Fire Management of Envoy Textiles Ltd were actively present at the program.
The program started with a welcome address by Tauhidul Islam, during which he shared ‘Envoy Textiles Corporate Profile 2019’ and their brief activities and achievements in the chemical management arena. He also elaborated on the four pillars of Envoy Textiles sustainability-
- Sustainable Resource Management & Efficiencies
- Sustainable Chemical Management
- Sustainable Responsible Sourcing and
- Sustainable Social Management
Envoy Textiles is the first LEED Platinum certified (2016) denim factory in the world. They received 2017 HSBC Sustainable Award for their remarkable activities towards sustainability. The facility is committed to ZDHC and DETOX implementation as well as all aspects of product safety, worker health and safety, and sustainability measures such as reduction in water and energy consumption. Their targets for achieving by 2020 are-
- Reduction in energy consumption by 10%
- Recover and recycle energy needs by 5%
- Use of renewable energy sources for 5% of needs
- Reduce water consumption by 10%
- Re-use water up to 30%
- Ensure 100% compliance of wastewater with ZDHC norms
- Reduce chemical consumption by 5%
- Encourage 100% use of ‘Green Chemistry’
- Reuse of 50% of solid waste generated
- Reduction in GHG emission by 10%
Tauhidul Islam said, “We have a very clear vision for 2020 and we have set targets to save water and energy. We are also committed to implement more effective chemical management, follow our brands/buyer’s chemical compliance protocols and agree with ZDHC Program guidelines. This actually is a commitment from our whole organization.”
Envoy Textiles follows the ZDHC MRSL guideline when purchasing dyes and chemicals in their factory and also ensure RSL conformance in the final product delivery.
In his presentation, Prasad Pant outlined the need for using sustainable chemicals. He explained the different impacts of hazardous chemicals on human and animal health and the environment. Some impacts are on long term basis such as Carcinogenicity, Mutagenicity, Reprotoxicity, Specific Target Organ Toxicity, Endocrine Disruption, Developmental toxicity, Neurotoxicity, and Teratogenicity.
“There are about 4 million chemical substances manufactured and used in the world today and the impact of more than 80% of these on the human health or environment has not been fully assessed. More than 800 chemical substances used in the textile and leather industry are known to be harmful to human health or the environment, but these are still widely prevalent in the manufacturing processes practiced in the producing countries”, Prasad Pant said in his speech.
He also gave an overview of the ZDHC Program and the standards and tools in three focus areas of Input, Process, and Output. The MRSL, ZDHC Gateway and Wastewater Guidelines were described in detail to the participants by him.
As on date, ZDHC has 27 leading brands as their Signatory Brands and other stakeholders from the value chain, such as textile and chemical manufacturers as well as service providers and industry associations are also becoming contributors to collaborate on shaping and enhancing the ZDHC Program.
After the seminar, Prasad Pant was shown around the factory by the Envoy Textiles team. He visited the chemical stores and the production areas as well as the Effluent Treatment Plant. He appreciated the efforts being made by the team to implement best practices in chemical management.
Envoy Textiles has an installed capacity of 30,000 tons and well maintained the main chemical store. Altogether Envoy Textiles Ltd is an example for others in the industry to follow and is setting new benchmarks by taking many initiatives towards sustainability.