Sustainable water management using Better Mill Initiative guidelines in fabric dyeing and finishing

Updated : October 2020


  • Machinery and equipment makers
  • Production professionals
  • Textile printing professionals

The article discusses in detail the implementation of sustainable measures by Solidaridad, an International network organization through its Better Mill Initiative in 2013. The program supports 43 textile dyeing and printing mills to improve their environmental and social performance through tailor-made support, group learning, and experience exchange. Details on process material savings and economic benefits through the implementation of these measures by 16 mills (including partnering suppliers of H&M) have also been provided.   

Water-conscious actions in the textile industry are discussed with different case studies for each. It also states that nearly 45% of improvement measures are management related, which in general requires relatively low financial investment. Results from the case studies showed that average water savings of 3.8% would be possible by these methods.

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