Sustain The Future

Proud to contribute to a sustainable future by doing more with less 

We are aware of our current impact on the planet and we believe we should create a better tomorrow for future generations. We aim to make sustainability a part of SunGroup’s DNA.

We care for the environment and we strongly believe in building a sustainable economy to provide a better future for all of us. We think the best way to ensure the prosperity of future generations is by protecting our precious resources – employees, environment, and community. Seeing the big picture for the textile industry we keep on working and solving problems of today and tomorrow for the sake of next generations. We take seriously our responsibility to identify new methods to produce fabric in more sustainable ways. We offer unique solutions that are both sustainable for the environment and community.

We are aware of our current impact on the planet and we believe we should create a better tomorrow for future generations. We aim to make sustainability a part of SunGroup’s DNA.

We care for the environment and we strongly believe in building a sustainable economy to provide a better future for all of us. We think the best way to ensure the prosperity of future generations is by protecting our precious resources – employees, environment, and community. Seeing the big picture for the textile industry we keep on working and solving problems of today and tomorrow for the sake of next generations. We take seriously our responsibility to identify new methods to produce fabric in more sustainable ways. We offer unique solutions that are both sustainable for the environment and community.

Speaking the language of sustainability

Today with millions of people living in poverty and the planet’s resources are scarce more than ever, our values help us drive positive change and to act in a rewarding way as a trusted partner for the fashion industry. As one of the greatest clothing producers in Turkey and a solution partner for global brands we truly believe we can make a real difference. For us, style, design and production have to speak the language of sustainability, helping to transform the fashion industry for better. 

For this reason, we determine our company goals and values by doing business economically, socially and environmentally sustainable as possible. For all processes we use ethical product sourcing. We invest in human resources to ensure future sustainability and we work towards ensuring all aspects of our business to be safer for the environment. 

Over time innovative technologies and conservation practices will continue to evolve and redefine environmental sustainability and impacts while maintaining production capacity. To support sustainable development goals we implement sustainable solutions for all our processes.

Global Goals for Sustainable Development

We have identified four SDGs, which we believe we have the greatest leverage and power to contribute.

All these decisions are taken by the sustainability committee. Board members, general managers of the group companies, human resources manager, corporate communication expert, sustainability executive, senior environmental engineer are the members of the sustainability committee. 

Climate related issues and strategies, including risk assessments, strategies about sustainability are discussed during the sustainability committee meetings which are performed every two months. This committee prioritized 4 SDGs after analyzing activities, value chain and shareholder expectations.

Product Sustainability

Raw material management

While choosing the Viscose fiber used in fabrics produced by Ekoten; we adopt a sustainable approach for development of viscose and we take the Canopy Hot Button Ranking as the basis. We prefer Viscose manufacturers that have successfully completed the Canopy Style inspections and have the label of “Green T-shirt” from the manufacturers with Canopy Style Policies. 

Product Sustainability

Sustainable solutions

We take seriously our responsibility to identify new methods to produce fabric in more sustainable ways. We offer unique solutions that are both sustainable for the environment and community. 

If you would like sustainable yarns to be used we supply the types and brands below:

CELLULOSIC - Natural Fiber

  • Organic
  • Recycle
  • BCI

SYNTHETIC

  • Repreve
  • Renu
  • Seaqual
  • Recycle

NEW GENERATION

  • Cupro
  • Hemp
  • Kapok
  • Sorona
  • Seacell

CELLULOSIC - Regenerated

  • Naia
  • LivaEco
  • Reviva
  • Tencel Lyocell
  • Tencel Modal
  • Tencel Ecovero Viscose
  • Tencel x Refibra

Production Sustainability

A - Solar Energy for Sustainable Knitting

Established in 2018, Ekoten Knitting Facility has a production capacity of 40 tons. To produce various fabrics we have circular knitting machines, Jacquard machines, centreing and twisting machines to add features to the yarns. The solar energy system built specifically for our knitting factory has 4320 solar panels that deliver 1200 kwh electricity for operating up to 300 knitting machines. Using sustainable energy allows us to save resources and lower costs.

B - Monitoring System

Knitting with Technology

The knitting facility is monitored with the latest technology automation system. Machine operators can easily monitor their machines with smart watches integrated with the automation system and intervene in case of any problem. While capacity planning is made with instantly monitored machines and planning dashboard, forward order planning is made. Yarns, which are the main raw material monitored by the Rfid system, can be easily found in the storage area, can be assigned to the machines on order basis, and stock tracking can be done online.

  • Online Machine Screen
  • Wireless Data Transfer With Bluetooth
  • Detailed Production Monitoring Screen
  • 90 Pcs Smart Wristband With Stopping Control

C - WasteWater Treatment

We have a wastewater management system. We meet the requirements of all our customers. Our waste water and slush are tested periodically according to the zero discharge regulations and measurements are taken every day for evaluation. 

We are aware that the available water resources in the world are decreasing day by day and the availability of water is of critical importance. As water requirement is great importance in our production processes, we monitor our water management performance and ensure the integration of new technologies into our processes. We effectively monitor the water we consume per product produced and take maximum care in the efficient use of natural resources.

  • Cleaning Pools
  • Fungi Application
  • Equalization Pool
  • Neutralization Tank
  • Air Aero Tank
  • Chemical Sedimentation Tank
  • Discharge

D - Cleaning All Wastewater pools

  • Set up the new diffuser system stabilization part of wastewater treatment.
  • Re-new the blower pool’s diffusor system.
  • Set-up New plat sediment system.
  • Set-up a new waste water supply station.
  • Re-new dewatering system for treatment sludge.
  • Set-up waste water chemical purification system for decolorizing

E - Pad-Batch - Special Dyeing Method

Cold pad batch dyeing (CPB) is an alternative method of reactive dyeing that uses fewer resources. With CPB there is no need to apply heat during the process, and no salt or humectants are needed.

Cold Pad-Batch

Advantages of CPB

Compared to other reactive dyeing methods, such as jet dyeing, CPB offers several benefits:

  • Reduced water consumption.
  • Reduced energy consumption, as it is done at room temperature.
  • Higher percentage of dye fixation.
  • No salt used – resulting in easy dye wash off and no salt being present in the effluent.
  • Pre-dye checks can be carried out ensuring more fabric is dyed correctly.
  • Productivity – one CPD machine can dye more fabric than a jet machine.
  • Better suited to stretch fabrics and knits because it is easier to manage tension control in a small machine.
  • No Steam
  • No High Temperature
  • No Salt
  • No Chemicals
  • Less Energy
  • Less Water Consumption