Ecology | Our Green Statement
For a better future. We protect what we love.
As a leading international textile company, PONGS® is aware of its ecological responsibility. Our aim is not only to comply with the world’s highest environmental standards,but even to go well below the specified limit values. We use state-of-the-art energy and environmental technology to conserve resources, minimize the impact on the environment and produce climate-neutral products.
In terms of environmentally friendly production processes, PONGS® makes no compromises: Thanks to fully biological wastewater treatment plant, ozone reactors, flotation and ultrafiltration, electrocoagulation our wastewater leaves the production cycle as cleanly as it enters. Exhaust air pollutants are filtered out with state-of-the-art air washers, neutralization and activated carbon filters at a rate of 99.9%. Our goal is to generate heat, compressed air and electricity completely thanks to the latest block heating, compressed air heat and solar power plants. Our power plants already cover 40% of our heating and heating requirements and reduce the company’s CO2 emissions by around 900 tonnes per year. Another solar power plant of approx. 600,000 kw is already being planned. In order to use the energy for further processes, almost all machines and the compressed air thermal power plant are connected to heat recovery systems (energy saving of more than 300,000 liters of heating oil per year).
The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certificate adds a crucial piece of the puzzle to our sustainability concept. It confirms PONGS®’s extensive use of recycled materials by an internationally renowned organization. We thus produce completely free of PVC, with steadily increasing use of recycled polyester as the basis of our textile production and under demonstrably fair working conditions. This is also verified with the GRS seal. Another clear sign that you can put your trust in PONGS®.
Our green facts
… for clean wastewater:
Fully biological treatment plant:
Efficiency is 96% (Chemical Oxygen Demand reduced to 4.6 tons per year).
Ozone Reactors: remove 100% of the pigments in the wastewater (350 kilograms per year).
Electrochemical wastewater treatment without additional use of chemicals.
… for clean air:
Air washers textile finishing: absorbing 60% of the pollutants in the air.
Neutralization textile finishing: ammonia 100% neutralized by means of acid dosing.
Activated carbon filters textile finishing: absorption of all organic substances from the gas phase.
… for a conscious energy balance:
Combined heat and power unit in Stadtlohn:
Produces 260,000 kWh annually (50% of the heating demand, 50% of the energy requirement).
Compressed air thermal power plant (DHKW):
Alternative compressed air generation to classic compressors.
(Energy saving 421 mWh, reduction of final energy in the process by 19%,
saving CO2 equivalent by 421 tons per year).
Solar power plants: :
produce 500,000 kWh annually.
Another power plant for up to 600,000 kWh in plannin
heating cost savings of 30% (300,000 liters).
Conversion of heating oil to natural gas (reduction of CO2 emissions by approx. 761 tons per year)
LED lighting on more than 11,000m³ production area
68% energy and CO2 savings per year
Lighting before refurbishment 402,486 kWh per year = 233.48 tons per year CO2
Lighting after renovation 126.953 kWh per year = 73.65 tons per year CO2
One planet, one responsibility
To stay true to our green philosophy every day, we invest in the future; in the latest technologies and
future-oriented process technologies. The majority of our textiles are labeled with the OEKO-TEX® label,
chemicals used in their finishing are REACH compliant.
Together with the world’s most renowned research institutes, such as the Fraunhofer, we are researching
environmentally friendly, naturally degradable fibers and coatings. These are of course already today free
of antimony halides, formaldehyde, bromine compounds and heavy metals and because they are waterbased,
they also contain no solvents.
Textiles from PONGS® comply with international standards and meet, among other things, the high
standards of leading fashion companies. Likewise, we attach great importance to the quality and reliability
of our suppliers. The cardboard packaging of our products is 100% recyclable. Because only in the holistic
harmony with our nature and a respectful handling of the environment, we are reliably able to produce the
best quality “made in Germany”. Acting consciously today for the best products of tomorrow – this is what
PONGS® stands for.
Acting responsibly in the company means living out values and observing legal rules and standards. Out of responsibility for people and resources.
PONGS® products are therefore produced in harmony with the environment. For a balance between industry and nature. They meet all important ecological standards.