Cleanroom laundry expert Lindstrom Group in India uses new water management to reduce freshwater usage

Published: 20-Jun-2024

Textiles firm Lindstrom Group in India has successfully used Nalco Water’s water management solutions to reduce its freshwater usage

Nalco Water, an Ecolab company and global sustainability leader offering water solutions and services, has been successful in helping Lindstrom Group in India reduce its freshwater usage. 

In particular, the textile company used Nalco Water’s water management solution to reduce its freshwater usage.

The partnership has resulted in the implementation of the Aquaest water recycling project, marking a significant milestone in sustainable water management.

India, being the largest user of groundwater and one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, requires immediate action to preserve this precious resource. 

Recognising this, Nalco Water and Lindstrom Group have significantly progressed in reducing freshwater usage as a result of the Aquaest project. 

The partnership has resulted in the implementation of the Aquaest water recycling project

Within just over a year, Lindstrom has recovered a notable 74% of water at the Chennai plant and reduced its total freshwater usage in the city by 56%. 

The impressive results from the Aquaest project translate to potential annual water savings of 330 million litres in our workwear and cleanroom operations. 

This is equivalent to the drinking water needs of approximately 300,000 people per year.

The collaboration between Nalco Water and Lindstrom Group is a commitment to innovation, sustainability, and environmental responsibility. 

By leveraging innovative technologies and fostering a culture of collaboration, the Aquaest project has achieved substantial water savings and helped to improve wash quality, reduce operational costs, and extend the lifecycle of garments. 

Lindstrom Group operates 13 laundries across India

Murli Iyer, Head of Light Business at Nalco Water, India, said: “Lindstrom's steadfast dedication to sustainability, innovation, and the circular economy, coupled with their deeply ingrained ‘We Care’ culture, aligns with Ecolab’s overarching mission to help protect the resources vital to life and our robust sustainability strategy focused on advancing the well-being of people, the planet, and businesses globally, thereby supporting our customers' success.” 

Venkataraj Anantharaman Laguduva, Head of Continuous Service, Asia at Lindstrom, said: “We already have a system for reusing water at our laundries, but we wanted to take it further to recycle the water so that we could reduce the amount of freshwater we use." 

Lindstrom Group operates 13 laundries across India, washing thousands of kilograms of uniforms and workwear daily for various industries. 

With 45% of the company's water consumption in Asia attributed to workwear and cleanroom services, Lindstrom has long been committed to optimising water usage and caring for wastewater.

Looking ahead, Lindstrom Group plans to further enhance its water recycling capabilities by implementing fully automated systems and expanding the Aquaest project to other laundries across India and Asia. 

Ecolab shares its expertise in smart water use with customers to help them reduce, reuse, and recycle water in their operations

Additionally, the company aims to leverage solutions powered by Nalco Water's AI-driven analytics platform, ECOLAB3D (trademarked), to advance performance and achieve even better results in water recycling.

Ecolab shares its expertise in smart water use with customers to help them reduce, reuse, and recycle water in their operations. 

In addition to supporting effective water use, Ecolab's solutions help customers use energy more efficiently, reduce waste, and cut greenhouse gas emissions to advance a more sustainable future.

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