LEED Platinum is a step forward from the Pakistan’s first LEED Gold building that Artistic Milliners established in 2014. Eco-Tech unit has a daily production capacity of 25,000 garments and provides job opportunities for nearly 3,000 people.
The latest version of USGBC LEED certification- LEED v4 BD+C – is more stringent and transparent compared to previous versions and Artistic Milliners is now one of the three garment factories in the South Asia Region to be certified against this standard.
USGBC LEED Platinum scores companies against 58 different checkpoints on energy, water, innovation and environmental quality. Artistic Milliners has scored the highest points ever to be achieved by any company in Pakistan.
This was because the building incorporates innovative measures to reduce carbon emissions, save energy, improve water efficiency, reduce waste and create healthy living and working environments compared to conventional buildings.
Water remains at the top of the company’s sustainability agenda. Garments produced at Eco-Tech Unit are washed in specially curated SMART Laundry, with machines and dryers that have energy and water saving features.
Artistic Milliners Eco-Tech factory has biological wastewater treatment plant eradicating the hazard of chemical sludge at the source. The facility also recycles 85% of water which equates to savings of 297,500 gallons of water per day. The company has set ambitious target of Zero Liquid Discharge across all its mills and laundries by 2025.
From the social perspective, a state-of -the-art daycare center has been set up for workers to bring their children to work. The daycare center has been established in consultancy with Catco Kids– a firm that is accredited by US Department of Youth and Family Services and US Department of Education.