In the manufacturing landscape, sustainability is viewed as a practice of reducing the damage, and nothing else. This notion only assuages the magnitude of the problem but never solves issues like water wastage, harmful discharge, resource overuse, energy wastage, and ecological exploitation. Generally, sustainability is perceived as a compliance and not as a duty.
VFL is very serious about developing a greener manufacturing ecosystem, and to do so, pioneering steps are being taken not just to lead from the front but also to motivate other manufacturing units to take up sustainability as a noble act.
At VFL, sustainability is viewed as a willful responsibility. It is about making the most out of the resources available, recycling what’s left behind and giving back to the society and nature in highest possible equanimity. At VFL, sustainability is a process that ranges from fibre to fabric and stretches beyond the ambit of our own facility. Our products are developed in a way that they directly or indirectly help in greater sustainability and eventually help in creating a better world.
Sustainability is at the very heart of Vishal Fabrics Limited’s philosophy, thought process, social responsibility, and value system. Sustainability is generally viewed as a practice of reducing the damage, but at VFL, it is about making the most out of the resources available, recycling what’s left behind and giving back to the society and nature in highest possible equanimity.
At VFL, sustainability is a process that ranges from fibre to fabric and stretches beyond the ambit of our own facility. Our products are developed in a way that they directly or indirectly help in greater sustainability and eventually help in creating a better world.
The eco-friendly processes at VFL employ technologies that reduce chemical usage and chemical discharge to substantially reduce the pollutant expulsion.
Some of the key touch points that comprise the sustainability processes at VFL are mentioned below-
1. Zero Discharge/ Water recycling and reusing
- Our facility is a zero discharge plant where the entire water intake is reused in the process. The water used for processing fabrics is recycled through ETP (effluent treatment plant) and 3-stage R.O.
- Water is reused and recycled through counterflow.
- The water used for the rinsing of yarns before and after dyeing is the water recycled from the finishing department.
- Instead of using chemical methods, our process employs mechanized methods and laser technology for various washes, abrasion and distress.
2. Waste management:
- Reusing cotton fibre.
- Wastage to be utilized for production of various denim accessories like denim bags, tablecloths, mats, covers, etc.
3. Energy conservation and generation:
- Use of LEDs has helped in saving a considerable amount of energy.
- A captive power plant has been installed to generate the energy required by the facility.
- An in-house solar power plant is being considered to procure the most natural and inexhaustible form of energy.
- Newer processes and technologies are being scouted to make energy conservation more efficient.
4. Green / Ecology preservation
Creating a green cover at the plant and industrial park to enhance and encourage green spaces.
Our Product Development team is continuously working towards the development of sustainable denim fabrics that are breathable and have less water footprint. Here are some salient features of our denim products-
- Our products need less water to get manufactured.
- Our denim products have less water retention so they can be easily dried and reduces the carbon footprint.
- It’s a breathable fabric so lesser washes are required.
- Our products are made from easily stretchable fabrics so lesser washes are required.
- Pre-reduced indigo (liquid) is used as an alternative for powdered indigo.
- Indigo used for dyeing is stored and reused.
- Chemicals and dyes used are certified as safe for environment and ecology.
- Zero discharge of environmentally hazardous chemicals.
The Better Cotton Initiative exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment that grows it and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.
The Better Cotton Initiative promotes higher standards of cotton farming, processing and manufacturing practices across 21 countries of the planet. VFL is a proud member of the BCI and contributes to an ecosystem where sustainably produced cotton enters the global supply chain.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high- level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliances with social criterion as well. Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibers can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuff and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with social criteria.
The Global Organic Textile Standard is set by the leading standard setters to ensure that the organic status of textiles is top notch. This makes sure that the fabric is taken care of throughout the process of acquiring, processing, manufacturing, and packaging of the material. It is a benchmark that assures the customers that the best, and only the best has been provided to them.
Certifying that raw, semi-finished and finished products (fabrics) at all the processing levels are free from harmful chemicals and are safe for human beings and the ecology.
Oeko-Tex certification is an assurance of how well the fabric has been processed, including manufacturing aspects like dyes and finishes. Oeko-Tex certified textiles and fabrics are free from harmful chemicals and humans can use it without any danger.
Vishal Fabrics Limited has attained the Oeko-Tex Standard certification because the fabric we produce has been tested & verified to be free from more than 100 harmful substances. We update this certification annually to ensure that our customers get nothing but the safest and the finest.