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Dystar Outlines Sustainability Progress

Dystar Group’s 12th annual Sustainability Performance Report shows that the colorant-producing company has made several advancements in reaching its ultimate goal of reducing its environmental footprint by 30 percent for every ton of product from 2011 levels.

These include a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity and a 37 percent decrease in wastewater emission intensity. However Dystar discharged 1.43 million cubic meters of wastewater in 2021, an increase of 22 percent to the prior year.

In the 49-page document, which is only downloadable and not printed in keeping with its sustainability theme, the company also reported a 29.5 percent increase in revenue from 2020 to $982 million and no deaths, injuries or ill health related to working at its production sites, warehouses, offices and laboratories in more than 50 countries.

 “We remain cautiously optimistic about the company’s financial and environmental performance. The integrated value creation model that we began in 2020 has proven to be effective and will continue to support our efforts toward DyStar’s 2025 Sustainability Master Plan,” CEO Eric Hopmann said.

Xu Yalin, executive board director of the Singapore-headquartered company, added, “As a leading specialty chemical manufacturer and producer, DyStar will continue to invest responsibly into product innovation and diversify into renewable energy, to drive sustainable outcomes across our value chain and industries.”

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A 12-member sustainability committee of its executives that meets every quarter and includes Hopmann and Thorsten Huels, the director of global marketing for denim, oversees the company’s sustainability efforts. It says that it uses three core values—responsibility, innovation and excellence—as its guideposts.

Indigo remains a key raw material used by the global dyestuff and chemical manufacturer. Of the 700 raw materials and crude/semi-finish products it purchased every year (127,531 tons which account for half the company’s total annual purchases), indigo crude is in the Top 20 along with disperse and vat dye press cakes.

Thus it has also made some progress specific to the denim sector. Although the company released eight new dyes in 2021, it mostly relies on its extant Cadira modules, which reduce GHG emissions. Its Cadira Denim one uses 95 percent less sulphate, 82 percent less COD (chemical oxygen demand), 50 percent less total suspended solids and 10 percent less wastewater than standard indigo dyeing.

In addition, its its DyStar Indigo Vat 40% solution has been awarded a Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute Platinum Level Health Certificate.

Meanwhile, its 19-year-old Econfidence program, which assures clients that Dystar dyes and chemicals comply with legal prerequisites and offers consultations so that the selected products are compliant with voluntary and brand and retailer Restricted Substance List (RSL) requirements, monitors and restricts 500 harmful substances from being used.