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We are really pleased to see the first beautiful colors roll off the jigger machines at our new dyeing unit. We are dyeing GOTS certified organic cottons with GOTS approved dyestuff. We're very happy to report the excellent progress made lately. The boiler is in place and working well. We have good fuel efficiency and are up and running with good steam and appropriately high temperatures quickly. The bamboo racks used in drying in artisan units such as ours is also in place with new bamboo; looks fantastic.
Our unit is now fully functional for dyeing fabric. We now need to take care over the waste water. For the short term, we can arrange proper removal of the waste water, but will now start our campaign for seeking funding for the ETP unit which is our goal as a long-term solution.
Water treatment is our long-term goal: it is essential from the environmental standpoint to work toward better drinking water, not pollute the ground water or water which ultimately is used in nearby farming. It is also an important message to the garment industry that we can and must do things in a more sustainable way which safeguard the environment and the people. There is no real gain or "profit" without meeting these standards first.
Our next steps include a social media and crowdfunding campaign to raise funding for both the ETP unit and workshops/educational resources for the artisan community in which we work. We will aim to start installing an ETP unit in August.
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