Woven into the fabric of our company is a steadfast dedication to sustainable practices.
Pollution-free: We use green technologies whenever we can. Our new dye house is 100% pollution-free.
Utilities: By using extra layers of insulation, we reduce energy needed to keep our crew warm in Canada and cool in Thailand. And our newest facility incorporates many energy-efficient initiatives such as T5 fluorescent lights and motion sensors.
Recycling: We are committed to recycling all paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal.
Environment: Dozens of trees have been planted for shade and green spaces have been created for our staff in Thailand to enjoy and for the environment to flourish. This year, we are also committing to reducing our carbon emissions by shipping fewer products by air and more by sea.
If you think these measures are green, wait until you hear more about our new dye house
Pure Handknit Goes Vertical
Continuing to grow in leaps and bounds, Pure and Co. will soon usher in a new era with the opening of our greenest facility yet, our new dye house.
By transforming local agricultural waste into electricity, a 2-mw biomass power plant will make us 100% self-sufficient and pollution-free. It will boost our energy efficiency to 95% by reclaiming otherwise wasted heat to generate hot water and steam for the dye house. All heat will be recycled and unused electricity will be sold to the electrical grid.
We’ve also invested in high-efficiency motors that result in energy savings of up to 180,000 watts per hour. Our lighting is powered by 2,000 T5 high-energy fluorescent bulbs and ballasts for a potential savings of another 865,000 watts per hour compared to traditional fluorescent lighting. A 900-tonne reservoir collects rainwater to be used in the dye house, while discharged water is diverted to neighboring rice fields. Instead of a cooling tower, low-temperature heat from the generators will be cooled with the first snow melt in Thailand, four kilometers of underground piping through the parking lot disperses excess heat to cool organically. Heat from the generator, through an absorption chiller, provides 200 tonnes of free air conditioning to the factory, offices and staff housing.
In addition to our green technology and power saving initiatives, our new facility will continue our company’s string of ethical practices by investing in our treasured employees. Staff will be treated to free language classes offered during work hours, free transportation to commute to work, free daily lunch, and free housing on the premises. We will support their educational pursuits by paying tuition fees for employees who wish to advance their studies.
This initiative has created more than 200 new local jobs in a country where there is no strong presence of a garment industry due to high labor costs (three times the labor of China, 10 times of Bangladesh). The new facility is also helping to boost the local economy with spinoff jobs – from the ice cream lady to staff of nearby restaurants and bars – attracting more businesses to the area by our very presence.