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Mitra International

An apparel sourcing firm

Sustainable Measures

The factory we work with is one of the largest producers of Denim in India and they have taken many initiatives to ​improve the environmental performance and to reduce the carbon foot print. The environmental performance the factory managed to achieve over these years is attributed to the team of professionals they have in their workforce followed by state of art infrastructure facilities and their continuous quest for improvement

Below are some of the initiatives the factory have in place to promote sustainable development

  • Energy Saving

  • Minimization Of Chemicals

  • Effluent Treatment Plant

  • Green House Gas Monitoring

  • Control of Air Emissions

  • Waste Management

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Energy Conservation

Inside the factory premises, energy is conserved by the following means

Power Generation : The factory operates it's own power plant using bio mass as fuel

Lighting Load : Extensive use of LED lights wherever possible

VAM Technology : All freon gas air conditioners are replaced by introducing gas free VAM (Vapor Absorption Machine) technology

Heat Recovery : Heat recovery systems that are installed helps to recover and re-use heat generated from hot flue processing machines thus reducing the steam consumption

Avoiding Evaporation Loss : Air cool condenser is used in the power plant to avoid evaporation loss in the water cooling process

Minimization of Chemical Use

Use of chemicals in the processing stage is reduced by the following means

Pre Reduced Liquid Indigo : The advanced technology of liquid indigo system reduces the sodium hydro sulphite & caustic soda consumption by 60 to 70 percent in the denim processing. Entire Dyeing process is controlled through DCS. 

Salt Free Dyeing : The processing unit employs an innovative process for reactive dyeing of all cellulosic fabric. This is a continuous one step process without any salt, silicates and urea. This process consumes less water, energy and alkali. High quality dye stuffs are used to reduce the amount of pollutants in the wash water.

Cotton / Polyester : An advanced dyeing technology is used for Cotton/Polyester blended fabrics which helps to dye these fabrics with one step process without any intermediate reduction clearing process

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Effluent Water Treatment

You can find below the ways the factory is currently recycling the water​

Zero Discharge ETP : The factory have in place a zero discharge effluent water treatment plant. The latest process techniques enable them to reclaim 90% waste water through ' of the art' disc membrane reverse osmosis process. Reclaimed water is reused in the process

ZDHC Waste Water Guidelines :The quality of the reclaimed water is much above the state legal norms. The quality is always ensured through testing via in-house labs, 3rd party lab and state pollution control board at defined intervals. In addition, testing of parameters as per ZDHC waste water guidelines is carried out twice a year.

Greenhouse Gas Monitoring

ISO 14064 - 1  : The factory is certified with ISO 14064 Green house gas certification and it measures the greenhouse gas emissions using these standards for all its GHG emission inventories 

Use Of Bio-Mass : The factory within it's premises has deployed a power plant that operates on bio mass fuel. The increased use of bio mass and the lesser dependency on fossil fuel has resulted in reduction of carbon emissions

GHG Measuring : The factory is measuring its GHG emission since 2013 and the trend is frequently analyzed

Solvent Plant : The factory also has its own solvent extraction plant for extracting rice bran oil. The De-oiled bran is used as a fuel for the power plant enhancing their efforts for environmental protection

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Air Emission Control

Stack Emission Monitoring : The factory is always compliant with all applicable emission to the air laws and regulations surrounding them. The stack emission monitoring is carried out through online Japanese technology and measured at frequent intervals with the help of outside agencies and state pollution control board

DCS Monitored Co-Generation Plant : Bio-Mass based co-generation (Steam & Power) power plant is completely monitored through DCS and it's efficiency is always maintained above 80% and thus the CO2 emissions are reduced to greater extents 

ESP System for Boilers : The emissions in the boilers are completely screened and controlled through back filters and ESP system

Waste Management

Handling, Storage & Disposal : The factory has  implemented management systems for different types of waste handling, storage and their disposals. The waste storage areas are properly marked, covered, paved and protected from any fire hazard and rain. The disposal of hazardous wastes like used containers, used oils, e-waste and used batteries etc., are carried out as per the guidance set forth by the state pollution control board in a safer manner 

Waste Reuse : The factory is identifying and reusing generated wastes like poly bag, hessian sacks, paper cones, chesses, wooden platforms and yarn waste etc.,

Handling Food Waste : The food wastes generated at the canteen are used to generate bio gas for cooking

Residential Garbage