There are many reasons why we should focus on sustainability considering we operate in one of the most polluting industries in the world. Let us take a look at the following figures and review the facts:

- Textile waste nearly occupies 5% of all landfill space
- One million tons of textiles will end up in landfills every year
- 20% of industrial fresh water pollution comes from textile treatment and dyeing.
- In 2009, the world used three trillion gallons of fresh water to produce 60 billion kilograms of fabric.
- It takes 700 gallons of fresh water to make one cotton t-shirt.
- One trillion kilowatt hours are used every year by the global textile industry, which equates to 10% of global carbon impact.

***Above data is taken from Textile Exchange 2010 Global Market Report on Sustainable Textiles

Textile industry uses a vast range and quantity of chemicals at every stage, so after- effects in terms of wastewater treatment and air pollution are critical to manage. It is SANKO’ s one of the main objectives to minimize and eliminate the most harmful inputs and the most polluting outputs and thus to reduce level of chemical residues left on the textile. By adapting organic cotton treatment and processing standards at SANKO, we managed to lower the impact of heavy chemicals at all our processes. And also, all of SANKO's facilities are equipped with waste water treatment units so all water used in dyeing and finishing processes create no harmful effects to the nature. Not only chemicals are the key elements for sustainable processes but also water and energy consumption are primary impacts of textile processing industry. At Sanko, we also measure energy and water used for one kg of each product produced. For that, we implemented a special system that supports such precise measurement.

To name some of the major practices for sustainability at Sanko, following list could be presented:

  • - Use of organic cotton
    • Sanko is a pioneer supporter of organic cotton production in Turkey for more than 10 years. When we first began using organic cotton, total capacity of country’ s organic cotton was nearly 500 tons per year but today Turkey has a potential of producing up to 20,000 of organic cotton in a year. And almost 80% of organic cotton of the country is grown in South East Anatolia region where all production facilities are located.
    • Today, SANKO uses 110,000 tons of cotton annually and 5% of it is organic cotton and other natural fibers. This is a significant number if the total of world’s organic cotton production is only around 242,000 tons according to Textile Exchange’ s 2010 Farm and Fiber Report
  • - Use of recycled cotton waste in the yarn
  • - Use of recycled denim fabric in the yarn
  • - Use of less water in dyeing with the help of new technology
  • - Adapting machine hour based costing system to accurately measure energy, water and other resources used in production


  • - Marmara Earthquake in Istanbul in 2000; 2,381,000$
  • - Bingöl Earthquake in 2003; 1,000,000$
  • - Tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2005; 1,000,000$
  • - Pakistan Earthquake in 2005; 1,000,000$