Textile production consumes large quantities of water, which makes the water issue critical for a sustainable fashion industry. Therefore Lindex is one of the founders of and active participants in the Sweden Textile Water Initiative – STWI. It is a joint project between textile and leather retail companies in Sweden together with Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) developing suppliers’ water use and water management in production.
The purpose of water efficiency is to ensure that only the necessary amount of water is used in the factory, reducing the need for wastewater treatment as well as energy and water costs. The areas of water pollution prevention and wastewater aim to reduce negative health and environmental impacts from chemicals used in the production processes. It will also free up water resources and improve water quality for other water users.
In 2014 all of Lindex Indian garment suppliers and 13 of their fabric mills producing for Lindex participated in the pilot project Sustainable Water Resources Management (SWAR), and together they saved more than 223 million litres of water. In total, more than 40 production units participated in the project and together they have implemented measures that will save 284 million litres of water and 402 tonnes of chemicals per year. Additionally, the production units also managed to save an average of 3 per cent of its electricity consumption as well as 3 per cent of their operating costs.
The SWAR pilot phase in India ended in 2014, and passed over to STWI Projects in 2015 in which Lindex participates with production units in India, Turkey, China and Bangladesh.