Artistic Fabric Mills - Desirable Denim from Karachi, Pakistan
Our Company History
Artistic Fabric Mills and Garment Industries (AFGI) is one of the leading suppliers of premium denim fabrics and garments in the world. With a large-scale, fully vertical operation based in Karachi, Pakistan, the company has recently expanded its capacity to produce 60 million meters of denim and 25 million garments per year. They are known for creating innovative products, and cultivating premier dyes for top denim brands globally.
Their corporate family has perfected the craft of denim and textile design after growing for almost 70 years. The company first started operations in 1949, with a small retail shop founded by an enterprising ma. With a vision to grow, the company expanded its operations and established multiple garment factories. In the 1990’s, there was tremendous growth and the company used this opportunity to narrow its focus on denim fabric and garments.
Continuing the tradition for growth and innovation, AFGI believes in consistently moving towards a better product and a better world. They have not only installed several technologies to ensure that they offer customers a product of superior quality, but also implemented sustainable practices that protect local communities and the environment.
"Every day is an opportunity to move forward effectively and responsibly"
Artistic Fabric Mills has many sustainability projects in-place including the control of industrial waste water, post-consumer waste, energy management, mercerization, and environmental certifications and practices. On average, thousands of gallons of water are required to produce one pair of high-quality jeans. AFGI has set multiple goals for 2020 to eliminate all harmful water discharge, reduce water consumption, and recycle 65% of daily water consumption. AFGI has constructed a "caustic recovery unit" to minimize the waste of caustic soda in the mercerization of fabrics. Their new caustic recovery unit (pictured below) recycles caustic soda and distilled water that can be reused in the production of jean washing.
Producing denim requires a great quantity of water. Besides growing cotton, most of the water used is discharged as waste-water after industrial processes like indigo dyeing and fabric finishing. While the industry's focus thus far has been to try to get this waste water to be as clean and clear as possible, Artistic Fabric & Garment Industries (AFGI) believes it is time for true change. How about zero waste-water?
"Our Double Zero technology combines both of our proprietary True Zero Dyeing and True Zero Finishing, for zero waste-water processes that do not sacrifice looks or quality. This breakthrough technology allows us to save the tremendous amount of water traditionally used in indigo dyeing and mercerize finishing."
"By using only the minimum required to allow dyes to penetrate the fabric, all of our dyeing and fabric finishing water is evaporated at the end of the process or recovered, resulting in zero water being discharged, no effluents and no COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand)."
Artistic Fabric Mills admirably believes in the mission to provide a greener future and proves this in their selection of sustainable goods. For AFGI, BCI is an important factor to using sustainable raw material. They currently use 25% BCI cotton as part of our sustainability drive, and have set targets to replace 80% of conventional cotton with BCI in their spinning facility by 2020.
Artistic Fabric and Garment Industries (AFGI) is proud to announce they completed their pledged to plant 27,000 mangrove saplings in Karachi, Pakistan by March 24, 2018, as part of their contribution to WWF-Pakistan’s Earth Hour 2018 "Mangroves Plantation Campaign”.
AFGI is one of Pakistan’s premium denim manufacturers and is determined to reducing its carbon footprint through the campaign; one tree for every employee. The plantation campaign aims to work towards a greener and climate resilient Karachi.
Ahmed Javed, Director at Artistic Fabric and Garment Industries said, “At AFGI, we believe our responsibility goes beyond just manufacturing fabrics and garments. We must also take steps to ensure we are doing everything we can to reduce the impact on our environment. Therefore in efforts to sustain the changing eco system around us, we took it upon us to work towards offsetting a part of the carbon footprint of each individual at AFGI by planting 27,000 Mangrove trees. We hope this initiative will go a long way in conserving mangrove forests, benefitting the communities they support and pave the way for more partnerships like this in the future”
When it comes to denim, the spinning process profoundly impacts the characteristics of the fabric. Established in 2007, their highly automated spinning plant produces 25 million kg of yarn per year. The plant is equipped with the latest German, Swiss and Italian machinery. Their Spinning Mill also has a state of the art laboratories, which ensures that high production standards are maintained with the help of an online system.
AFGI is a socially and environmentally conscious company that constantly strives to discover and adopt better ways to do business. They do this throughout their business including the Artistic Cares Foundation, which works with a two-pronged approach; Sustainability and On Going CSR. They just completed a philanthropic project after partnering with SINA and Child Life to provide free medical care in remote areas of Pakistan to over 90,000 patients. AFGI is more than just a fabric company, they have allocated resources to fund four primary education systems in TCF schools with low literacy rates. Not to forget, they provided over 70 households and homeless city dwellers with blankets made from leftover denim scraps.
Artistic Fabric & Garment Industries (AFGI) is proud to announce the company’s in-house shredding plant is certified under the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) to process post-consumer waste jeans into regenerated fibers. This allows AFGI to transform discarded jeans into new yarns, fabrics, and garments under an internationally recognized standard and traceability system.
“We aim to give new meaning to the term ‘fully vertical’ and move the denim industry into a new era of sustainability,” says Hasan Javed, Executive Director of AFGI. “Sustainability has been a key topic in the denim industry for the better part of the last decade. We are making great progress with this latest initiative to address some of the problems of waste generated by the market.”
The investment into this recycling facility represents one important facet of AFGI’s multi-angle approach to making denim an environmentally sustainable product. Over the years the company has implemented the Higg Index, installed caustic recovery systems, developed polyester made from collected post-consumer plastic bottles, upgraded energy management, and lowered dyeing and washing impact. By following a holistic approach AFGI strives to propel denim into a sustainable future.
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