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Environmental recognition for Uruguayan topmaker

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Environmental recognition for Uruguayan topmaker

Lanas Trinidad is the first company in Latin America to be awarded ANDE (Agencia Nacional para el Desarrollo Sostenible – National Agency for Sustainable Development) & PAGE UN (Partnership for Action on Green Economy – a United Nations program) with the Circular Economy Trophy. The ANDE award acknowledges Lanas Trinidad for its improvements featuring 100% reuse of waste water and the use of electricity (25-30%) created from renewable sources and generated from its own mill waste.

Lanas Trinidad has annual sales of USD 75 million in 18-32 micron dry combed wool tops. ‘We are proud to have accomplished a completely traceable product from farm to top delivery, meeting the expectations of our customers for sustainable and environmentally friendly wool top’, says Pedro Otegui Managing Director of Lanas Trinidad.

 

‘For more than 20 years Lanas Trinidad has been working on a concept of green and clean production to contribute to a friendlier environment. To wash our wool we use our own water supply system that is wholly sourced from rainwater’, says Pedro Otegui. ‘Our reservoir has a capacity of 1 million cubic metres of water that is supplied through an aqueduct some 7km long. The water is natural and renewable’.

Waste water is biologically treated in 22 aerobic and anaerobic lagoons in an area of 140 hectares. The bacteria in these lagoons naturally degrade waste water. The result is no discharge of waste water into the public water system and irrigation of the Lanas Trinidad tree plantation ensures that carbon dioxide is reduced.

 

‘We are aware of the effects of greenhouse gases and believe in good environmental practice’.  Pedro Otegui also points out that feeding the boilers with wood, mainly from their own plantation is a further way to make use of renewable and local resources. ‘By capturing the methane generated in the anaerobic process we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 95%. Using the combustion of this methane-rich gas is then used to generate electrical power is the equivalent to the power consumption of 650 households.

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