One of the key issues in the fashion supply chain has been the effective treatment of wastewater and Fashion For Good has initiated a pilot project to assess the feasibility of the solution with the game-changing wastewater treatment system developed by SeaChange Technologies, a start-up from its Scaling Programme.
The pilot has received support from Fashion For Good partners Arvind Limited, BESTSELLER, C&A and PVH Corp., and is providing encouraging results for future implementation of the technology in the supply chain.
Arvind Limited has provided access to their Effluent Treatment Plant near Gujarat, which is one of the world’s largest textile manufacturing operations, to conduct a field evaluation.
The SeaChange system was implemented over a period of 3 months to test and evaluate the feasibility of wide scale implementation of the system.
Unlike the conventional wastewater treatment process, SeaChange’s technology is able to plug into several existing points of the conventional system.
In the pilot, SeaChange’s technology was tested in multiple different waste streams which included sludge, dyeing concentrates and combined effluent, Reverse Osmosis reject and Mother Liquor.
While all waste streams were successfully treated and reduced to minerals in a single pass, Sludge was selected as the most viable application for SeaChange, given its hefty environmental impact and cost of disposal.