Stanley/Stella - Sustainability Report 2020

Our environmental footprint

At Stanley/Stella, we treat water as the invaluable resource that it is. By choosing only organic cotton, we ensure that a minimal amount of water is used in crop production and also that it’s not polluted by har- mful chemicals, meaning soil and fauna are protected from contamination. WE ONLY WORK WITH FACTORIES WITH EFFLUENT TREATMENT PLANTS WATER CONSUMPTION

WATER TREATMENT

Water treatment at the fabric and dyeing stage of production is also a key concern for us. The apparel manufacturing process uses water for dyeing, washing and printing textiles, and inevitably generates wa- ter-based toxic waste, or effluent. According to legal requirements this waste water must be treated so that it can be released back into the natural environment.

Waste water is treated in Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs), large scale industrial systems that remove all toxic elements to ensure that the treated water is safe enough to be discharged back into inland surface wa- ter. The treatedwater is also reused for carwashing and gardening at the factories.

All our partner factories in Bangladesh have state-of- the-art ETPs with in-house specialists and testing faci- lities. Stanley/Stella periodically monitors the treated waste water for pH, DO, BOD, COD and TDS both in the factory and government laboratories, to ensure its safety.

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