As your small-sized textile mill continues to grow, you should expect an increase in waste, especially in the form of wastewater and dyes. The increase in waste is attributed to a rise in the demand for textile products. In light of these developments, it is essential to hire an environmental engineer because such professionals have the expertise to help your textile mill to use resources efficiently while taking care of the environment. On the face of it, you might believe that you do not need an environmental engineer due to the small size of your plant, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Therefore, this article provides reasons you need such expertise in your textile-manufacturing mill.
If there is one industry that uses vast amounts of water, it is the textile industry. Virtually all dyes and finishing chemicals are applied to textiles in water baths, which makes the textile mills water intensive. With the cost of water ever increasing, it pays to make good use of the water at your disposal. For instance, to reduce your overheads, an environmental engineer will design water-recycling methods, such as membrane filtration, that can save on water costs. The engineers can also introduce energy alternatives such as thermal fluid heaters that provide the required production temperatures, but with little system pressure.
Reduce Energy Consumption
Just like water, energy usage in the textile industry cannot be overlooked. For example, the production of yarns requires significant amounts of energy in every step of the process. From the lighting and humidification process to the blow-room and speed frame units, textile mills are not short of energy needs. For instance, an environmental engineer can suggest the use of solar panels for sections of the mill that consume a lot of energy such as the humidification room. Once intensive parts of the plant start using the green power, you will spend less on energy costs and at the same time reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Boost Brand Awareness
Today, consumers are more aware of the consequences of textile industry operations on the environment. Notably, when making purchases decisions, some consumers will take into consideration how a textile mill approaches environmental issues. As such, the presence of an environmental engineer in your manufacturing plant will cement consumer confidence in your products. It passes the message that your business is conscious about the environment and will positively deal with any environmental issues arising from the operations of the mill.