ECO-VISION: Olimpias Group, which is controlled by the Benetton family and produces clothing and fabrics for the Benetton Group, has opened a new water treatment plant at its textile factory in Osijek, Croatia. This will allow the company to recover up to 100 percent of the processed water there.

The previous plant was only able to remove organic substances, but not inorganic substances, such as chlorides and heavy metals, which made it impossible to reuse the water used in production. With the new plant, the factory is able to recover about 70 percent, or 1,000 cubic meters of water per day, compared to 10.5 percent before this new development.

As part of the project Wasatex (Water Saving process for Textile), which is financed by the European Union as part of the Eco-Innovation program, the purifying unit allows energy savings and an improved quality of the finished product as well as reduced production costs.

“In our vision, there cannot be sustainability without innovation,” said Gianni Zanella, chief executive officer of Olimpias group, adding: “Revolutionizing the treatment of the processes[…]we can significantly reduce water and energy consumption, resulting in an important positive impact on the environment, cost savings and improved finished product thanks to the higher quality of the reused water. The project is part of a broader strategy that the company started years ago to support its eco-friendly supply chain.”

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