This year’s seminar saw almost 100 participants come together from 39 companies in the Bandung and Jakarta areas to focus on wastewater pollution, which is an issue for the local textile industry due to wet processing and the amount of chemicals used during the production process. The Citarum river is particularly affected, which prompted the government to introduce a river cleansing programme called the “Citarum Harum”.
NICCA Chemicals Japan, a ZDHC Contributor who has several facilites in Indonesia, gave a presentation on the company’s “Smart Dyeing Process”. The speaker Mr. Narihisa Takeuchi explained that using environmentally friendly chemicals makes processing more effective: less water is used which has a positive impact on the quality and quantity of waste produced. Further benefits include savings in time, energy and total cost. TESTEX’s Chief Marketing Officer Marc Sidler explained how ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification can help to achieve this goal. It is an independent tool to test chemicals to promote green chemistry and offers a comprehensive platform to analyze compliance with MSRLs and RSLs. ECO PASSPORT is recognised by ZDHC conformance levels 1 and 3.
Mr. Sidler later presented the rest of the OEKO-TEX® portfolio, including a live demonstration of how traceability works with the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label and the buying guide which helps manufacturers find pre-certified textiles. The participants gave a very positive response to this part of the presentation. STeP by OEKO-TEX®, which provides a comprehensive analysis and assessment of production conditions in terms of the environmental performance and social responsibility, is also very relevant as a tool to improve wastewater discharge as it has now integrated DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®. This is an evaluation of wastewater and sludge to eliminate the release of toxic chemicals according to Greenpeace’s priority list.
A government representative from the Head of Rehabilitation and Prevention of Environmental Pollution (DLHK) in Bandung also took to the stage to emphasise the importance of the “Supervision and Law Enforcement of Business Actors in Bandung”. This regulation ensures that companies who violate rules relating to environmental management are sanctioned. However, the office also offers guidance to production facilites who have not yet met the requirements for the disposal of waste to watershed.