“Comprehensive sustainability” is difficult for many to define and to achieve, but not for Pacomarca, a sustainable alpaca network based in Puno, Peru. As a self-described “experimental station” for scientific research that focuses on the genetic improvement of alpaca fibers, the firm also works with local communities in the Peruvian Andes to supply high-quality genetic material to landholders. Pacomarca produces a limited quantity of fiber every year that is 100 percent traceable and wholly unique, due to the bespoke work completed in its lab. The firm works with brands and organizations such as Kuna, Andean, Incalpaca and Inca Tops, among many others.
Pacomarca organizes its data through its proprietary software called “PacoPro,” which aids in the management and administration of data generated at its alpaca farm. Alan Cruz, manager of the Experimental Station of Genetic Improvement in Alpacas at Pacomarca, told WWD that “PacoPro is not only a data management tool, but rather the very heart of our genetic program, where it currently stores more than 8 million pieces of data, making it the most powerful database of alpacas worldwide. It not only serves for fiber breeding programs in Pacomarca, but also interacts with all types of programs, including genomic programs worldwide, which will contribute to the development of the entire alpaca productive chain.”
And another greening enterprise is Artistic Milliners, a Pakistan-based sustainable denim manufacturer that received LEED Platinum certification for its factory by the U.S. Green Building Council this month. Referred to as its “Eco-Tech” unit, the factory has a daily production capacity of 25,000 garments and provides jobs for nearly 3,000 people. Its Platinum score reflects achievement across 58 different checkpoints for energy; water; innovation, and environmental quality.
The firm said its building has scored the highest points ever by any company in Pakistan, namely because of its successes in reducing carbon emissions, saving energy, improving water efficiency, reducing waste and creating healthy living and working environments throughout the space, which also includes a daycare center. Major accomplishments include its Smart Laundry, which saves energy and water; a biological wastewater treatment plant, and the recycling of 85 percent of water used, equating to savings of 297,500 gallons of water per day. Murtaza Ahmed, managing director, Artistic Milliners, told WWD, “LEED Platinum is a demonstration of our serious commitment to minimizing our environmental footprint. The certification covers every aspect from water and energy conservation to workers’ wellbeing. We are building factories of the future-ushering the denim industry into an era where sustainable factories are not a choice but becomes a pre-requisite for factories to operate.”
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