We’re Fired Up About Textile Waste
There’s always waste in manufacturing. That’s the common thought within the manufacturing industry. But, each day Hilasal combats this long-accepted mentality with it award-winning waste management practices.
In 2005, Hilasal launched an environmental sustainability program, converting 90 percent of local supplier waste and its own into energy that powers its mill. That translated to diverting more than 80,000 tons of textile waste from landfills over the last 13 years. Instead of discarding its textile waste without thought, Hilasal feeds its clean incinerator with this material along with biomass like paper and cardboard to generate 7.8 tons of steam per hour. This leaves just 3 percent of its original waste, in the form of ashes, to be disposed of in an authorized landfill. Zero fossil fuels are burned at the El Salvador textile mill.
Hilasal’s sustainability program and commitment to decreasing its ecological footprint earned it the 2017 National Environmental Award by El Salvador’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
Hilasal operates under the most stringent manufacturing safety standards and water recycling processes. While most textile manufacturers implement a two-step water treatment process, Hilasal undergoes an extensive seven-step practice. Its state-of-the-art water treatment and conservation facilities allow the company to purify its water to the fullest extent and return it to the valley river from which it was derived. Hilasal also only uses biodegradable dyes to prevent dye runoff and contamination. The purified water is also tested twice monthly by a third party—an extra step not many manufacturers take to ensure water quality.