A proud zero

“Almedahls AB develops, manufactures, markets and sells products for decoration of public spaces and homes. Our product development process and our products are designed with a view to minimize the environmental impact during the lifetime of the products. We comply with current legislation and other environmental requirements. We work continuously to reduce the impact on the environment from all activities in our company. This continuous work is carried out in accordance with Almedahls’ sustainability program Five-Zero-Green.”

SUSTAINABILITY - WE HAVE TAKEN THE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE FURTHER

For us at Almedahls, sustainability has been ingrained for decades. At Almedahls we want to avoid the common pitfall of offering clean products manufactured with an unclean process.

We have consistently seen that stakeholders find it intuitively easier to grasp sustainability of the product rather than sustainability of the production process, which is potentially a much larger source of environmental liability.

Therefore, we have taken decades of experience in green solutions to new heights by developing and certifying five green process checkpoints used throughout our textile value chain. This is our sustainability program called Five Zero Green.  It means, for instance, that our production is CO2 neutral. Not in year 2040. But now!

Energy

Our production process is CO2 neutral

water

Our water consumption is circular

AIR

We only release water vapor

ingredients

We go beyond REACH

waste

Our waste is minimized

Energy - Our production process is CO2 neutral
The first green-zero is about energy. Producing textiles is something that requires a lot of energy. The same goes for Almedahls. Most textile process industries run on fossil oil, coal, or gas as energy sources. We do not do that at Almedahls. Already in 2015, we changed to biofuel to run our production. Biofuel is a carbon-neutral fossil-free fuel that is produced from residues of food producing that otherwise would become waste. This means that in terms of environmental impact Almedahls’ production process leaves no CO2 imprint behind. Not visible on the fabric, but for sure evidently sustainable and important for you and the environment.
WATER - Our water consumption is circular
The water we use in our production comes from the adjacent river Häggån. We take in the water, purify it and use it for dyeing, washing, manufacturing of pastes, cleaning, etc. Water samples are analysed for substances such as nitrogen, antimony, copper and also how much biological material is present in the water and how much oxygen is consumed degrading it. Some of the water disappears as water vapor during production, whilst the majority remains and is returned after cleansing. It is a circular process where the water is rather borrowed than consumed, and then released back to nature.
AIR - We only release water vapor
During the drying and fixing processes in our stentors, a small amount of ingredients follow with water vapor. The water vapor is led into a closed system for heat recycling where the excess heat is used to make hot water which we can then use in our manufacturing processes. Through this heat recycling system, the warm air is finally cooled down, which means that the few ingredients that are present are condensed and return to solid form. Finally, clean air, consisting solely of water vapor, is released through the chimney.
INGREDIENTS - We go beyond REACH
We use raw materials with the least possible impact on our health and the environment, and we work continuously to improve our internal work environment and processes. In our laboratory we create our own recipes for coating and colouring, and we mix raw materials for coating pastes ourselves. This gives us a unique advantage in our development work, traceability and total control over the content of our products. No harmful or persistent substances is included in our processes. Therefore, Almedahls compliance round active ingredients extends much beyond REACH.
WASTE - Our waste is minimized
Almedahls continuously monitors and reduces the total material waste. Primarily through regulated manufacturing processes. Through preventative maintenance we minimize temporary stops in production which can create quality challenges and thus unnecessary waste. Continuous control throughout the production process ensures a high-quality product, which results in minimization of spill and customer complaints. We use production waste for energy recycling to minimize environmental footprint. We participate in research projects on reusing and recycling of products and production waste. The goal is to be able to recycle used fabric for new textiles or other types of products.
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