Textile chemicals specialist Archroma has received an award from WWF Pakistan for its continuous efforts to foster sustainable innovations.

The Award for Eco-Innovation was presented at the WWF's Annual Green Office Network Meeting in Karachi, Pakistan. It recognises the company's worked aimed at preserving dwindling ground water reserves, and developing eco-efficient processes that reduce energy, process time and resource consumption.

The Award was presented by Naeem Mughal, director general of the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency, Government of Pakistan.

"We are continuously creating powerful new processes and products that support our and our customers' sustainability ambitions," said Mujtaba Rahim, CEO of Archroma Pakistan. "Our innovative teams are raising the bar on environmental standards and production cycles in our industries."

Archroma's sustainability work includes its EarthColors dyes, which are developed from natural waste such as walnut and almond husks and agricultural crop waste, replacing oil-based raw materials. In September, Archroma partnered with Cotton Incorporated to develop what is believed to be the first ever dye derived from cotton plant-residues using the eco-friendly EarthColors technology.

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Additionally, the company's 'Sustainable Effluent Treatment' plant in Jamshoro, Pakistan, operates at zero liquid discharge in its production processes saving significant amounts of water.

Earlier this year, the WWF granted 'Green Office' labelling rights to Archroma's offices in Landhi, Pakistan.