By Dr K S Murthy, Pidilite Industries Ltd
‘Clean and Green Garment Processing’, the SDC EC organised seminar was attended by 110 delegates comprising processors, brand/retailers, entrepreneurs, special guests, faculty and students. The event covered the challenges faced by the dyehouse in optimising water for the coloration of textiles and the role of the retailer. A panel discussion on “Who Pays?” followed with participation of representatives from industries including Atul Ltd, Archroma, MIDC, Brand Aniket, Wash-n-Wear and Spykar Jeans.
Yogesh Gaikwad, SDC’s Business Manager, ASEAN Region, takes a look at the challenges and opportunities around ‘zero discharge’.
Where is the dyeing and processing industry heading? Are we going to be ‘eco- friendly’ or ‘economy friendly’? Only time shall establish it. Recently the Environment Ministry has proposed effluent norms which the Textile Ministry of India has most certainly termed ‘stringent’ and raised concerns and issues associated with its implementation. (PTI 31st Dec 2015). The proposal is to mandate all textile units to reduce their effluent discharge to zero. How big is the challenge? Is it impossible? Well this surely requires deliberations among the key players of the small, medium and large wet processing industries. At the same time it provides an excellent opportunity to execute projects that deliver ‘zero discharge’.
With thanks to Dr K S Murthy, Pidilite Industries Ltd, for reporting on this recent SDC EC event.
If there is anything in this world that has no alternative, it is water. A good thought becomes reality only when implemented. With this in mind, SDC EC organised a half-day seminar titled “Water: No more a Cheap Resource” in December 2015 in Mumbai for the benefit of the textile processing industry.