Factory Spotlight: Kerala, India

SanMar is proud to work with suppliers who make a difference in their communities however they can. The Kerala Pollution Control Board recently honored one of our suppliers in Kerala, India, for its substantial and sustained pollution control and environmental protection. SanMar has worked with this supplier since 2005.

Kerala is in a tropical region that receives an average annual rainfall total of more than 120 inches. However, in recent years, there has been a water shortage. To do its part, in 2016 the Kerala factory initiated several projects to collect and recycle rainwater. These efforts were cited in a study for the World Bank for the mill’s extraordinary measures in water harvesting and water conservation. 

Additionally, the Kerala factory has invested in the latest technology to build an effluent treatment plant to clean and reuse the water used in the dyeing process. They can now recycle 90% of the water used in the manufacturing process, with zero discharge to the surrounding environment. 

The Kerala factory also achieved Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex, a worldwide, independent testing and certification system for textiles that tests products for harmful substances and ensures that they meet or exceed national and international standards. 

We’re encouraged by the efforts of the Kerala factory and look forward to sharing more stories about our suppliers making a difference in their communities and on to the planet.  

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