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This program was led by TFIA to help Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Manufacturers and their supply chains to be more resilient and competitive through energy and materials efficiency.

Join fellow TCF businesses that have cut their costs and improved their environmental performance through resource efficiency.

The program has concluded however many resources are now available to help develop knowledge and skills for companies aiming to reduce their energy and materials costs; building on some of our other sustainability initiatives from recent times.

ENERGY & MATERIALS EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

We held 4 Workshops and a Webinar during later 2014 and early 2015 about the program. Below are presentations from the Energy and Materials Efficiency Workshops. 

  • Workshop 1 Presentation - Business Case for Efficiency | See how TCF Businesses are reducing risk, saving money and improving competitiveness through resource efficiency, and learn practical measures you can take yourself.
  • Workshop 2 Presentation - Know Your Bills and DIY Efficiency | Learn how you can take action to reduce your resource expenses by knowing how you are metered, charged and what your bills can tell you about the best way to reduce cost. Hear about strategies other businesses have tried and some tools and programs available for tracking resource consumption.
  • Workshop 3 Presentation - Identifying Opportunities | Learn how to look for resource efficiency opportunities on site, develop efficiency action plans, and how to engage their teams on efficiency.
  • Victoria Carpets Presentation - Bendigo Woollen Mill and Dandenong Tufting Mill Case Study | David Bentley, Environmental Manager at Victoria Carpets, spoke about how they have turned lighting, water and heating efficiencies and primary engery optimisation into good financial savings
  • Workshop 4 Presentation - Embedding Efficiency in Your Business | Learn some simple steps to keep the efficiency program achieving savings and results in your business, and build efficiency into your business systems.
  • Webinar - Efficiency: The Business Case and Quick-Wins | Hear how TCF businesses are reducing risk, saving money and improving competitiveness through resource efficiency, and learn simple, practical measures you and your team can take to start saving money straight away.
 

CASE STUDIES

NOBODY DENIM

One of our Melbourne members, Nobody Denim, was surprised to find the true cost of waste, and achieved some impressive waste, chemical and energy savings with a subsidised resource assessment and capital grant through Sustainability Victoria’s Smarter Resources, Smarter Business Program. See the Nobody Denim case study HERE.

 

VICTORIA CARPETS

Watch a short video HERE detailing how Victoria Carpets has cut costs and boosted productivity at its Bendigo Mill, including lighting, heating and drying efficiency. Read the presentation by Victoria Carpets Environmental Manager, David Bentley, from the Energy and Materials Efficiency November 2014 workshop HERE. View the TFIA Case Study about Victorian Carpets' Bendigo Woolen Mill HERE.

 

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF VICTORIAN RESOURCE EFFICIENCY CASE STUDIES FROM OTHER INDUSTRIES HERE.

 

CASE STUDIES FROM OTHER STATES:

Geofabrics Australasia implemented a range of waste and energy initiatives at their Albury site, including compressor efficiency, power factor correction and process design to reduce waste, saving over $500,000 per annum. See the case study HERE.

Ontera Modular Carpets have implemented energy efficiency project such as repairing compressed air leaks, upgrading factory lighting and investigating options to reduce waste with large financial savings.  See the case study HERE.

Beaulieu Pacific in Queensland made substantial energy cost savings by scheduling stenting machines to reduce demand charges - see the case study HERE. Further cost savings were made at Beaulieu Pacific with a high bay lighting project - see the case study HERE.

 

TOOLS

FACT SHEETS

  • Top Tips - TFIA's Energy and Waste Top Tips | A Cost Saving Guide for Victorian TCF Businesses
  • Engaging Staff - TFIA's Energy and Materials Efficiency Fact Sheet Engaging the Team | Having your team engaged in efficiency programs pays dividends. Working with your people to develop and implement efficiency ideas leads to greater productivity, increased motivation and therefore greater resilience and competitiveness for the business. Your staff are your best resource and a great source of ideas on how to run cleaner and meaner systems.

SIGHT ASSESSMENT CHECK LIST

SUSTAINABILITY VICTORIA

Sustainability Victoria provides useful waste reduction tools at their Smarter Resources, Smarter Business website, including recycling action plans, and waste assessment recording sheets. Download these free resources HERE.

Find Sustainability Victoria's Energy Efficiency Best Practice Guide - Compressed Air Systems HERE

 

BUSINESS VICTORIA

Business Victoria provides advice on how to Design sustainable fashion HERE.

 

AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY GROUP

AiG has prepared fact sheets Saving energy in the textiles manufacturing industry HERE and Managing waste in the textiles manufacturing industry HERE

 

TEXTILE LEARNER

Textile Learner provides information about energy efficiency opportunities for a range of TCF manufacturing processes, including yarn spinning, weaving, wet processing, cylinder drying, and man-made fibre production. See Cost Effectiveness Based on Increasing Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Textile Industry HERE.

 

SUSTAINABLE FASHION FORUM VIDEOS

TFIA partnered with Sustainable Fashion Australia at Melbourne's Fashion Exposed to present a three-day seminar series on sustainability in the textile and fashion industries.

Have a look at some of our top video presentations on sustainability from speakers including Ellie Mucke (Mucke), Georgia McCorkill (The Red Carpet Project), Alex Trimmer (SOSUME Clothing), Karen Webster (RMIT), Kate Luckins (The Clothing Exchange), Glen Rollason (3rd Time), Yahav Ron (Paris 99), Stuart McDiarmid (GOTS), Kate Barry (Testex), Leyla Acaroglu (Eco Innovators), Cameron Neil (Net Balance), Samantha Hardman (Bento), Natalie Dillon (3Fish), Astrid Edwards (Net Balance), Lachlan Caddy (Creative Energy Solutions), Daniel Mackey (Fair Trade), Simon McRae (Ethical Clothing Australia), Danny Burrows (TradeWorthy)

Click HERE to go to the Sustainable Fashion Forum videos page.

 

The project is funded by Sustainability Victoria’s Smarter Resources Smarter Business program and delivered by the Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia Limited (TFIA).

BACKGROUND
The project, an initiative of the TFIA, sought to increase the resilience and competitiveness of Victorian TCF businesses by assisting them to increase their energy and materials efficiency.
The TFIA arranged 4 workshops, a webinar, 5 hosted site visits for members and non-members. 28 site assessments were conducted at a range of businesses to assist in identifying opportunities and to provide increase knowledge and skills in energy and materials efficiency.  Reports were provided to each of these companies.
The resources on this page (other than the Sustainable Fashion Forum Videos) result from the program.
For any information about energy and materials efficiency, please email info@tfia.com.au