Belgotex Fabrics - ecoBiz case study
Find out how our ecoBiz Star Partner Belgotex Fabrics (a manufacturer in Brisbane) reduced their waste, water and energy use.
The free ecoBiz program has assessed the waste, water and energy practices in hundreds of businesses in Queensland and developed case studies to help businesses improve their operations and save money through sustainability.
Belgotex Fabrics is the premier manufacturer of residential and commercial jacquard fabrics in Australia. They partner with leading textile wholesalers throughout Australasia and they are proud to manufacture their fabrics in Brisbane, supporting local people and local skills.
Belgotex Fabrics are invested in providing customers with environmentally responsible fabric solutions. The ecoBiz 3-Star Partner has been involved in the program for over a decade. Their Green Team has been actively and consistently implementing a range of initiatives to reduce Belgotex Fabrics impact on the environment. Environmentally friendly yarns, energy-efficient lighting and solar power are just some of the ways our Green Team is making a long-term difference. Since 2008, they have reduced their energy intensity by 17% and water intensity by 10%.
"Thanks to ecoBiz and their guidance, we are dedicated to a process of continual improvement so that all of us can look forward to a greener future. From the raw materials we source, to our manufacturing processes and factory practices, we’re invested in providing our customers with environmentally responsible fabric solutions." The Belgotex Fabrics Green Team
KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE ENERGY USE
They source renewable energy from their 100-kW solar power system.
Their warehouse is lit using an advanced energy-efficient lighting system with light sensors and movement detectors, so lights automatically turn off when not needed.
KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE water USE
They have reduced warm-up and shut-down cycle times on their machinery, saving both water and energy.
KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE WASTE
- They implemented manufacturing changes to reduce material inputs.
- They recycle rigid and soft plastics, cardboard and co-mingle items.
- They have identified waste that can be reused as a resource and collaborate with local organisations to build a circular economy:
- Plastic waste drums are reused by White Ant Company;
- Fabric samples and offcuts are donated to charities, Reverse Garbage or used as mattress stuffing by Sealy;
- Timber pallets are reused by suppliers.
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