Sustainability Compendium V
An F2F Initiative

Eastman Exports

Eastman today is a name synonymous with success and accomplishment. From a modest growth at the time of inception to the current business volume of $300 million per annum, Eastman has come a long way.

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From the Chairman’s Desk



It is our inherent commitment to do business which lays a very high importance on environment. We have come a long way facing stiff competition and complex problems to manufacture our goods in an environmental friendly manner. On many occasions, we have competed for business with organisations who leave a negative footprint on the environment.

We have a very clear vision for the future of this industry and the path on which the industry is moving ahead. With this vision in mind ,we invest whole heartedly on people and embrace green technology to ensure a positive impact on the environment.

We are confident that with our single minded focus and passion to work towards a cleaner environment by incorporating the correct technology we will be able to provide a strong leadership to the industry.

Towards this goal , one such technology being used in our organisation is the benchmark zero liquid discharge system. With the use of this system we are recycling water in our facilities for over a decade.

Sustainability is the core strategy which we follow to look beyond today into the future. Our strong strategy of sustainability development and benchmark leadership practices have given us an identity of a unique manufacturer amongst all other manufacturers.

We sincerely hope that more brands and retailers who are looking for a strong and sustainable partner in the supply chain will join hands with us more firmly than ever before.



Company Background

This journey is a testimony to the clarity of vision and the energy that propels the company. The various departments of the company are coordinated in a way that optimum efficiency is obtained. Eastman Exports is a leading apparel manufacturer in India, at the forefront of design, innovation and full-scale production specializing in producing knitwear, high-end apparel and accessories of the highest quality for high-end global fashion brands and boutiques across the globe. An excellent product development system managed by a creative team of professional vouches for that.

Eastman has a very talented design team capable of providing design inputs by constantly monitoring worldwide requirements. It caters to brands and retailers across the globe. Eastman Exports produces quality garments that guarantee customer satisfaction. The company has a spinning unit with 50,000 spindles and a dye house with a capacity of 70 tonnes of fabric per day. Eastman has the capacity to ship 10–12 million pieces per month, a factor that has seen it become one of the largest apparel exporters to emerge out of India. The company has a very good team of professionals who create the right and highquality product that a customer requires and delivers it at the right time, supported by a good communication and technological system.

Eastman Exports is perfectly positioned to stay on top of the latest trends in the everchanging world of fashion, with a commitment to provide exceptional products which meet the high expectations of customers. Eastman’s commitment takes precedence over everything else. “We believe our success is the result of our commitment to continuously improve the manufacturing process, efficiency, reduce the environment impact by following sustainable practices and investing in people. All our products comply with chemical regulations including EU REACH, CPSIA, GB etc. The ability to constantly monitor market trends and innovate has been another area of strength for the group which has its strong R&D focus. It has a state-ofthe- art design studio equipped with features such as ‘Virtual Fit Simulation’, Optitex, CLO which is 3-dimensional fit simulation software for virtual fitting and draping of garments created using CAD pattern. Similarly, the company has an in-house dedicated design team to do research on print graphics, embroidery and printing techniques. The company has been conferred certificates, including Oeko Tex, OE-100,GOTS, ISO, RAP and SA 8000 for quality management, environmental management and social accountability management. We believe endless possibilities for incorporating sustainability practices in cost driven apparel manufacturing which drives us to stand unique and add value to the products manufactured by us.”



Overall Sustainability Policy

Very broadly:

  • Focusing on finding the most sustainable raw materials, reducing, reusing the natural resources in all form.
  • Reducing environmental impact in all key aspects, including designing the processes which facilitate the circular business.
  • Advancing policies/strategies with global collaborations which makes Eastman as forefront manufacturer in terms of sustainability.

The micro-level strategies include improvement of usage of green energy resources including solar, wind resources; reduction of water footprint by reusing and recycling wastewater; optimization of processed and efficiency measurement to reduce energy losses; new technology/machine selections with energy efficiency at core of purchase policy; recycle as much waste material as possible; make clients and suppliers aware of the Sustainability Policy and encourage them to adopt sound sustainable anagement practices.

“We strive to keep our own impact on the environment to a minimum by conducting environment-friendly, professional and safe operations. This includes conserving scarce resources such as raw materials, energy and water as well as avoiding and reducing CO2 emissions and waste. Our fair, ethical and environment-friendly approach incorporates everything from the management of our company, the manufacturing of our products to the procurement of resources and even our investments in buildings and facilities. Constantly tracking our efforts enhances our environmental protection and energy management programmes while making our methods and processes safer and more efficient.





For over a decade, Eastman has invested in wastewater treatment, recycle and reuse technologies. At present, Eastman recycles around 4 million litres of wastewater every day and only 10 per cent of freshwater is withdrawn from natural resources. Apart from this, the salt used in the production process is regenerated and reused effectively by adopting the most sophisticated technologies.

Eastman has joined the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative and committed to be carbon neutral by 2040. It has also initiated many processes including replacement of non-sustainable energy sources by renewable energy sources, improving the efficiency of every process replacement with new technologies. This is apart from being involved in decarbonisation by planting and maintaining trees.

Eastman has incorporated many sustainability impact measurements, benchmarking and scoring tools including Higg Index and BEPI. Eastman is also a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and involved in the process of developing the environment measurement tools being created by SAC including the Higg Index and Material Sustainability Index (MSI). Eastman is contributor to the ZDHC and is involved in initiatives of the ZDHC towards chemical management in the textiles Industry.



Overall Circularity Viewpoint

Eastman Exports aims at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. Circular systems employ reuse, share, repair, refurbish, remanufacture and recycle to create a closed-loop system, minimising the use of resource inputs and the creation of waste, pollution and emissions. The circular economy aims to keep products, equipment and infrastructure in use for longer periods, thus improving the productivity of these resources.

Proponents of the circular economy suggest that a sustainable world does not mean a drop in the quality of life for consumers and can be achieved without loss of revenue or extra costs for manufacturers. The products made by Eastman are from the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) mill, which has been effectively running over 10 years, wherein 90 per cent of the wastewater is being recycled/ reused. For decades, Eastman has adopted a culture of waste recycling initiatives. Eastman can produce recycled products certified in accordance with GRS (Global Recycle Standard). Textile waste up-cycling into products by taking the wider varieties of textile waste from fibre to fabric and reconverting to fresh fibre, including regenerated cellulose in collaboration with regenerated fibre manufacturers.




  • Sustainable raw materials: Products made from sustainable raw materials including BCI cotton, organic cotton, recycled polyester and other fibres, and also new innovative regenerated cellulose fibres made from recycled raw material including Refibra and dope-dyed regenerated cellulose fibres.
  • Natural and alternative dyes: Eastman has developed technologies to dye textile materials using natural materials, including dyes based on plant and biological origin.
  • Zero liquid discharge: Eastman uses the ZLD mill, and the freshwater requirement is less than 10 per cent. At present, the processing can recycle up to 12,000 million litres per year.
  • Cationisation of cellulose/ salt-free dyeing: The biggest challenge for ZLD is generation of salt and recovery and reuse. The innovative quaternary ammonium salt-based cationisation of cellulose helps reduce huge amounts of solid waste generation. Also, there is an improvement in the usage of natural resources and a reduction in discharge.
  • Earth colours: Archroma Earth Colors is Archroma’s patented new method of creating warm shades from nature. About 90 per cent of the food industry’s waste can be utilised as raw material for dye synthesis.
  • Natural colourants: Environmental demand in recent times has pressured the textiles industry for the usage of alternative colourants. Eastman has worked on applying natural dyes on polyester fabrics from sources like alizarin, annatto, natural indigo, wine red from Laccifer lacca, Jaipur pink from sappan wood, primrose yellow from night jasmine and crafty brown from walnut. Natural colour application has greater environmental advantages.
  • Natural surfactant: Some of botanical species have saponins in their composition with great potential to be used as organic surfactants. The botanical sources such Isapindus trifoliatus, Acacia concinna, Alibiza amara and Mahua longifolia chosen for textile application in the pretreatment of cellulosic material and wash off in polyester dyed fabrics. Usage of this plant-based surfactant has additional benefits of antibacterial and antifungal properties on treated fabric over regular industrial surfactants.
  • Bio-surfactants: Nowdays bio-surfactant can potentially replace synthetic surfactants. Eastman produces microbebased bio-surfactants from Bacillus mesophilus. With the optimisation of bioprocess carried, about 150 gms/litre of surfactants are produced and applied on the removal of reactive dyes in cellulosic dyeing washing-off process.
  • Bio pigments: Special reference on replacement/ alternative of hydrocarbonbased dyes is a new trend in making eco-friendly coloured textile articles. Eastman produces the green from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and pink from Serratia marcescens. Both pigments are thermally staple; so, those are applied on polyester fabrics without any dyeing axillaries. This application eliminates dyeing auxiliaries fully.


Contact Us

Phone : +91-421-4301234
Email : sourcing@eastmanexports.com
Web : www.eastmanexports.com

Our Location

Eastman Exports
5/591, Sri Lakshmi Nagar,
Pitchampalayam Pudur,
Tirupur – 641 603, Tamilnadu,