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Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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Enzymes for finishing cotton fabrics

Resource-friendly fabric finish Biopolishing is a textile finishing process using cellulase enzymes to modify the surface of cotton fabrics. Pilling (lint balls on the fabric) is reduced, colour...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0-25% 0 Year(s)
Technology

Reducing microfibres in textile sector wastewater

Watershed moment for microfibres Microfibres shed by synthetic textiles during washing are currently in the spotlight, especially their impact on aquatic ecosystems. Researchers are investigating...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Technology

Enzymatic treatments in textile wet processing

The wet processing of textiles is energy and water intensive, as well as requiring the use of numerous chemicals. Wet processing steps, depending on the textile product, can include sizing, desizing...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Life cycle assessment – Levi’s jeans case

LCA for 501s ... Levi's iconic 501 brand of jeans was put through a full life cycle assessment which revealed a number of valuable insights One pair of jeans uses equivalent to 3 days’ water usage by...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Powerful environmental improvements via low-pressure...

Proof is in the savings ... Innovative solution can help transform an energy and high-impact water-proofing process into a cleaner, more cost-effective one The process uses 80 % less chemical...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 6 Year(s)
Good practice

World’s first scaled-up water-free and chemical...

This solution is just to 'dye' for ... New scaled-up dyeing solution is faster and uses less materials and energy, which saves costs Innovative clean technology successfully combines profitability...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 75-95% 3 - 5 Year(s)
Technology

Water-saving WC pans and flushing devices for medium-...

A company with 100 employees can save about 300 m3 of fresh water per year by using water-saving WC pans (6 litre volume) and a two-volume flush cistern instead of WC pans with a flushing-water...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Capping materials and emissions at cap manufacturer

Putting a lid on energy losses Spanish firm discovers a whole world of ways to save energy, materials and costs  Its resulting measures earn it a prize at the European Business Award for the...
Good practice

Restructuring work to keep a slaughterhouse afloat

When design, business, engineering and the environment all come together A tenancy change presents an opportunity to retrofit a slaughterhouse, making it more efficient and safer Measures generate...
Good practice

Big savings by optimising waste management and reducing...

More than a pebble story... Joint waste-sorting and resource conservation efforts yields good results for the company, environment and staff Material losses reduced by 264 tonnes (saving € 53 000 a ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 0.6 Year(s)
Good practice

New evaporation and protein extraction system means savings...

Converting a challenge into an opportunity... Regional support and advice triggers energy-saving initiative which helps to meet effluent regulations Measures introduced cut CO2 emissions by 1 275...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Closed-circuit pump cuts water consumption

New tech makes water-saving splash Audit reveals where soft drink-maker was loosing pressure and wasting water Investment in € 10 000 closed-circuit pump slashes water consumption by 95 %   SNEMBG...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.5 - 1.6 Year(s)