Water Treatment and Water Minimisation
The effluent from all of our manufacturing processes is treated and then returned to the environment. In Europe, by-products from this treatment process are used as an agricultural fertiliser due to their nutritional content.
Our yarn dyeing facilities are state-of-the art and offer the lowest levels of water usage per kilogram of yarn dyed.
The location of our Indian Plant benefits from the heavy monsoon rainfall where the rainwater from buildings is collected in 5,500m² purpose built lakes for use in the manufacturing process. Approximately 7750m³ of rainwater is used annually. The lakes also help to support aquatic and other local wildlife.
All of our product packaging is made from recyclable materials and we encourage our customers to recycle this material. All raw materials are delivered in packaging that is made from recyclable material. We recycle all of this material and re-use it where possible within our manufacturing process.
- All office waste paper, cardboard and printer catridges are recycled.
- We have developed recycling routes for the majority of our production waste.
- Our yarn waste can be reused/recycled within the manufacturing process but only where this does not impact on product quality. When product quality is at risk yarn waste can be used to generate energy for use in the manufacture of building materials.
- Carpet waste can be recycled into carpet underlay and also can be used to generate energy for use in the manufacture of building materials.
We have made modifications to minimise energy usage in our factories and these include:
- Implementation of engineering solutions to reuse waste energy from our processes.
- Redesign of lighting networks to reduce the area controlled by each on/off switch therefore minimising the total area that remains lit.
- Installation of improved energy efficient equipment including dyeing equipment and electrical motors.
- Integrating local energy reduction targets into our environmental management systems and using technology sharing and technology transfer of energy minimisation initiatives.
- Optimisation of drying systems to minimise gas consumption.
- We have to date planted 2200 additional new trees on our manufacturing sites.
- We work with a mental health charity and have placed a number of individuals with learning difficulties in permanent jobs within our Portuguese factory.
Brintons manufacturing plant in India uses a biomass - agricultural waste fuelled boiler, which is a renewable source of energy. Biomass is beneficial because it uses agricultural, forest, urban and industrial residues and waste to produce heat and electricity with less effect on the environment than fossil fuels.
- The emission of hazardous gases (viz:- SOx) is completely eliminated.
- Ash generated is recycled and used in brick manufacturing.