Certifier Spotlight: Lucky Textile Mills
Karachi-based Lucky Textile Mills Ltd. recently achieved Cradle to Cradle certification at the Silver level for its Sustainable Creation home textile fabric, which achieved Gold level performance in the renewable energy and carbon management and in the social fairness certification categories. The 100% cotton fabric is available in white, dyed and printed options and is made for home textile make-ups like duvet covers, pillowcases, cushion covers, fitted and flat sheets, tablecloths and curtains.
Mr. Mursaleen Usmani, Lucky Textile Mills’ environment and sustainability representative, and Mr. Ferhan Imam, the company’s General Manager of Marketing, share some insight into how Cradle to Cradle certification is helping advance the company’s sustainability initiatives.
What was Lucky Textile Mills’ motivation for achieving Cradle to Cradle certification?
We are continuously working on improving the sustainability performance of our products and our process in terms of environmental protection, social welfare and economics. Our company’s sustainability roadmap already includes other accreditations associated with sustainability performance, but we believe that the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard helps us take an even greater step towards a more sustainable future for all.
How is Cradle to Cradle certification helping you meet your company’s sustainability targets?
Lucky Textile Mills has a variety of sustainability schemes in place across our manufacturing and supply chain systems to help us continually improve our environmental and climate impacts, reduce our energy consumption, protect natural resources, prevent pollution, minimize our carbon footprint and ensure human health and safety. Through its five categories of assessment, Cradle to Cradle Certified provides us with a roadmap for setting and achieving sustainability targets for our products now and in the future.
What was the most significant lesson you learned during the Cradle to Cradle certification process?
The key to a sustainable product lies in addressing both the design of the product and its manufacturing. Cradle to Cradle gave us a framework for considering the environmental and social impacts of our process as well as the product itself.
How do you envision the impact of Cradle to Cradle certification on Pakistan’s textile industry?
Several ecological and social issues exist in this region. The scarcity of natural resources, industrial pollution, and chemical toxicity in the industrial supply chain are chief among them. Cradle to Cradle certification provides a way for industries to establish and address manufacturing processes in a way that helps us address these and other urgent concerns, like using energy from renewable sources, recycling water as part of the manufacturing system, eliminating carcinogenic, mutagenic and other toxic chemicals from the supply chain and ensuring a healthy work environment. For textile companies in Pakistan, adopting Cradle to Cradle certification for their products is a way to systematically address these issues and deliver more sustainable products to our customers.