The EIM, Environmental Impact Measuring software, is a unique and powerful platform developed to monitor environmental impact of garment finishing processes. EIM was created to provide the laundries, garment finishers and brands with a tool that helps them to build more sustainable processes in an efficient and economically viable way.
A worldwide measurement standard
EIM assesss the environmental impact in four individual categories: waterconsumption, energy consumption, chemical impact and Worker's Health.
EIM works with specific benchmarks according to the type of product.
Measured in liters of water per garment produced. The total consumption will be the one resulting of the quantity of water used in each process step. It will depend on the liquor ratio of each of this process steps.
There are various energy sources to supply the laundry needs. In the production plants, we mainly need: Mechanical energy: The necessary energy to run the machines and other tools.
Caloric energy: The one needed to heat the water of the washing steps and to heat the air for the drying steps.
EIM takes into consideration both groups and bring them to a one unit measure, the KWh. The total energy consumed in one finishing process will be the sum of the energy consumed in every finishing step.
EIM integrates the ZDHC MRSL conformance, and the screen chemistry programs. Every chemical is given an EIM CIS (EIM Chemical Impact Score) according to its ZDHC MRSL conformance level and hazard. EIM CIS is represented by a number that goes from 0 to 100 and a color (green for preferred chemicals, orange for acceptable chemicals, red to identify those to phase out and grey for those there is not enough information for an accurate hazard assessment). The EIM CIS calculation rules have been developed in collaboration with Scivera (www.scivera.com). .EIM CIS is calculated by authorized third parties. The Chemicals impact of a finishing process is calculated following analog methodology that screen chemistry. For more detailed information about EIM CIS and scoring rules you can contact Scivera.
Worker health impact measures the impact on the worker health that operations they have to do finish one garment might have. Operations are score according to the inherent ergonomic risk & factors of each operation have. The worker impact will be the sum of the score of all the operation done that shows this inherent hazard.
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In addition, EIM is a powerful tool on which to support the announcements of your efforts and achievements, since reliable information becomes better communication, which involves consumers concerned in the impact of the products they consume. EIM points to become a global standard for the textile industry, growing each day in the number of brands and laundries which start working with it.