Founded in 1958 as the first denim company in Pakistan, Siddiqsons strives to deliver on its longtime goal to produce the most innovative and responsible denim garments for its partners. With what the company describes as a “rich history of firsts” in the textile industry, the manufacturer aims to develop more processes and product that further its commitment to people and the planet.
Rivet recently caught up with Scott Gress, president, North American sales and marketing at Siddiqsons, to uncover how the company is approaching responsible denim production and dive into the mill’s latest innovations and technology processes.
Rivet: Siddiqsons just launched its Responsible Denim collection. Can you explain what technologies, fabrics and processes went into the production of these years?
Scott Gress: Responsible Denim is a collection of fabrics finished with sustainability in mind. Integrating Jeanologia and garment treatment and finishing technologies Tonello and Hub1922, we endeavor to make the best finishes with the least environmental impact. We have successfully reduced time and energy in the process, and saved water and chemicals used by 30 to 35 percent.
Can you talk about the “Good Natured” collection as well? How does this build on your ongoing efforts at Siddiqsons to reduce reliance on cotton and create more sustainable choices?
Here at Siddiqsons, we have made continued efforts to reduce our dependency on virgin cotton and produce better, more sustainable ranges. Our “Good Natured” collection is focused on responsibility, authenticity and softness. We focus on using the latest blends from Tencel, Refibra, CiCLO, and Roica BN to achieve this, as well as using organic, BCI-certified cotton and our own recycled cotton since we shred 10,000 tons a day. With a complete range of constructions, shades and weights from six to 14 ounces, we have something for everyone.
What advice do you have for the denim manufacturing industry going forward as it tries to deliver more responsible products?
The industry is evolving at a pace where sustainability drivers will be the norm in the years ahead. However, sustainability must be an integral part of every process and at the very forefront of every thought. It can’t be just one piece of the puzzle. It starts with valuing our people and demanding and ensuring that our partners up and down the supply chain also value and deliver sustainability. The investment is large but the alternative is unacceptable.
Are there any other innovations or technology process advancements that you want to share?
We utilize our G2 Ozone technology to greatly reduce water and chemicals consumption. This also gives us the benefits of producing laser-friendly fabrics and faster washdowns, which save time, money and the environment.
How did Siddiqsons get the LEED Gold certification for its A33 building? What are some of the achievements of the facility?
To achieve LEED certification is no small feat. We have invested in a myriad of improvements to reduce our footprint. We have a new effluent treatment plant with the latest membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology, and we have installed a new SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system to constantly measure input usage in real time since you can’t reduce what you don’t measure.
Additionally, we have added low-power, high-efficiency ventilation systems, installed digital flow meters on gas, energy and steam, and use low-flow nozzles reducing water consumption. We have substantially increased our solar power output, changed all lights to LED and added EV charging stations.
We are being recognized for our efforts. In addition to LEED, we have been awarded: the UNGC Award (Third Position) on Business Sustainability; Certificate of Recognition from Shirley Technologies for being a decade-long partner; the CSR Awards 2022 for Sustainability Initiatives; and SLCP verification.
How have your responsible denim efforts improved in this past year? What kind of materials and technologies are you now using that make for a more sustainable, responsible offering?
To be a pioneer of denim manufacturing in Pakistan, we have our own PCW plant for recycling, and we are now certified for PIW/recycle-cotton to produce more responsible products. We are also offering a cadre of sustainable fibers including Refibra, Tencel, Ecovera, recycled elastane, CiCLO and BN elastane (Roica) to name a few.
We have increased our sustainable fiber usage from 25 percent to 60 percent, to not only decrease the dependability of virgin fibers but to also maintain the traceability in our denim products.
We were the first in Pakistan to invest in Jeanologia 5.0 laundry and we continue to invest in state-of-the-art equipment and alliances to reduce our environmental impact.
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