Ever think about where all the exhausted dyes and wax from batiking ends up?
We do. And we did something about it 15 years ago.
March 22 is World Water Day launched by the United Nations in 1993 to bring attention to the need for clean water and its safe delivery around the world.
Today gives us a chance to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the multi-cistern, water-treatment system at Hoffman Fabrics’ batik factory in Bali. The system represents the company’s investment in good stewardship and sustainability, as it cleans rinsewater from the batiking process of all exhausted dyes and wax before the water is returned to the environment.
When we say clean, we mean clean and at a neutral pH. See for yourself in our water treatment video shot at our Bali batik factory that’s known by local villagers as “the Hoffman House.”
Yes, we do take pride in the fact that we’re the only quilt-industry manufacturer that made a quarter-million-dollar investment in modern water-treatment equipment. First and foremost, we did it “because it was the right thing to do,” said Marty Hoffman, who oversees operations at the Bali factory. “We are invested not only in producing the best batik fabric for quilters but also in the local village whose residents are longtime employees.”
We’re also delighted to be involved with another clean water cause via the nonprofit Little Dresses for Africa. Quilters and sewists volunteer via chapters in all 50 states, giving their time, effort and materials to make dresses for girls and young women representative of the vulnerable class in Africa and other countries.
One of the goals of LDfA’s just launched The Big Dinner fundraiser is to build wells in 12 villages in Africa. A nearby well makes it possible for children to attend school rather than spend most of their day carrying water, explained founder and director Rachel O’Neill.
Hoffman Fabrics is donating a percentage of sales from its upcoming Samba digitally printed quilting cottons collection to Little Dresses for Africa. Look for Samba to start arriving at quilt shops and other independent Hoffman retailers this summer. Visit LDFA Connect to learn more about The Big Dinner and how you can participate in this “one night only” event on Nov. 12.