Protecting the environment from the harmful by-products of operations encouraged the sustainability team to start a number of initiatives that not only save resources for the country but also is cost effective. The main focus is to incorporate the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle into all initiatives.
Square Apparels Ltd. is committed to the earth and the society. Sustainability is our motto. We stick to 3R: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We have percolation pits to recharge the ground water. We select water efficient machines for production. We recover condensate and reuse cooling water. This saves 343 million liters of water as well as reduces 118-ton CO2eq of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission every year.
Focused on energy efficiency makes Square Apparels Ltd. more loyal to the society. We select the most energy efficient machines for production as well as continuously invest on new energy efficient technology. We ensure optimum use of daylight. We replaced all fluorescent tube lights with LED lights. There are heat exchangers, heat recovery units from the exhaust gas, heat recovery system form hot waste water, exhaust gas boiler and hot water chiller. This saves 1,413,915 m3 of natural gas and 2295 MW of electricity, consequently reduces 3575-ton CO2eq of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission every year.
Materials And Resources
We are using sustainable source for our raw materials beside with regular source. sustainable sources are:
1. Preferred cotton : BCI, Organic, CmiA etc.
2. Re-cycle synthetic
3. Preferred Man made cellulosic
4. Circular Textile
5. Preferred Linen
The 250,000 sq. ft roof top rain water harvesting system is used for fabric dyeing, washing and other purposes, saving approximately 28 million liters of underground water every year.
Reusing utility water
Water used daily by the management staff in the wash basin is re-used for gardening around the main premises. This initiative saves about 500 liters of water per day.
Recycling organic waste
30 tons of organic compost fertilizer is produced monthly. Leftovers from lunch of employees along with kitchen waste from the surrounding area, cotton dust from the spinning mill, cow dung, water hyacinth and other natural ingredients are used to make the fertilizer. Tests done by the Department of Environment (DOE) of Bangladesh have revealed that the fertilizer is very potent, but till date it has only been used at the tea estate.