Sulochana is a 8 Decade old organisation with legacy of 4 generations. We are the largest producer of Melange yarn out of India, 7 million PET bottles being recycled every day makes us one of the largest producers of Recycled Polyester Fibre from Post Consumer PET Bottles. All our energy requirement is met with Renewable Sources. We are constantly increasing recycled material into our supply chain by recycling PET bottles, Post Consumer Clothing waste and Post Industrial Cutting waste.
What’s unique about the work you do?
Our unique dope dyeing of fibres without using a single drop of water helps to save millions of Litres of water everyday. Our BCM Polyester (Block Chain Managed Polyester) brings visibility and transparency into our supply chain by tracking them right from Bottle picking till it reaches our premises. Various stages right from Bottle Picking, Sorting, Baling, and procurement by Large vendor are recorded with unique 128 bit alpha-numeric highly encrypted block chain id, which can be neither deleted nor altered.
Our internal analysis has shown that our energy consumption in converting one kilo of Polyester fibre is only 9.8 MJ, which is far lower comparing the global averages.
Tell us about your latest news and your plans for the future.
With the increasing demand for Recycled Polyester, we are stepping up production of Polyester fibre and we are venturing into production of Polyester Filament yarn. The Polyester filament plant is expected to be operational by October, 2021, where we are targeting around 30 tons of DTY filament yarns initially.
Coloured DTY yarn is also planned to be produced through Dope dyeing route, which very few players are able to offer. This would make our DTY yarns highly sustainable. Apart from filament yarn, production of Conjugated fibre is also planned to be increased. We will be able to offer both Siliconized and Non-siliconized fibre for the Home textiles industries in the making of Sustainable Home products.
Apart from filament yarn, production of Conjugated fibre is also planned to be increased. We will be able to offer both Siliconized and Non-siliconized fibre for the Home textiles industries in the making of Sustainable Home products.
What do you think are the biggest challenges when it comes to shifting the needle in fiber and material sustainability?
Definitely there were challenges when we wanted to shift from Virgin to recycled. With regard to Polyester we had challenges in bringing whiteness into the fibre, hand feel, luminance of the color, spinnability, knitability, etc. With our experience in this industry for more than a decade were able to overcome most of the challenges, where we have even achieved spinning 50’s yarn with recycled polyester fibre.
With post consumer Cotton Clothing recycling, even though we have efficient manual segregation system, we face challenges with materials like spandex, lurex getting mixed with Cotton fibre, we have improved a lot on this too. At the same time customers should also be aware of these challenges and should embrace these minor defects
What advice would you have for brands thinking about sourcing certified materials?
Brands should encourage sourcing certified sustainable materials. They should also work closely with the manufacturers and identify methodologies to validate the sustainable values happening in the production of the materials from recycled route. Benchmarking is the best tool to analyze and compare with the peers to improve the environmental contribution, brands should play a part promoting such activities. Every brand should come up with the declaration of Water usage, Co2 on each apparel they sell a product in their store, this would help a customer to weigh the actual environmental impact of the clothing they buy also encourage them to choose a sustainable product rather than buying a product which has adverse environmental impact
What actions do you take to protect biodiversity?
Disappearance of many species alters the balance and can result in environmental adversity. This loss of biodiversity reportedly poses as serious threat to humans as climate change. One such species is sparrow, which has been becoming extinct due radiation from cell phone towers and other factors, at Sulochana we have build hundreds of artificial bird nests and planted thousands of fruit bearing trees inside our factory premises. This has helped to bring back the sparrows in good numbers back to the ecology. During every sunrise and sunset one can hearing thousands of sparrows chirping.
On the material side, we are constantly increasing usage of recycled materials in our supply chain to protect biodiversity.