100 Water Heroes: Alfredo Ferre García


Managing Director of Hilaturas Ferre

Alfredo Ferre Garcia is the Managing Director of Hilaturas Ferre, a company that turns “textile waste in to the world’s finest quality recycled yarns.” The Ferre Company was founded over 100 years ago and, in 1947, began transforming textile waste into cotton yarn. Ever since, they have been committed to pioneering sustainable materials and processes.

In 2006, they named their system of textile waste collection and recycling The Recover Upcycled Textile System which is now led by a team of experts in the textiles, fashion and sustainability fields. From its conception, The Ferre Company has held the belief that upcycling is the most effective way to sustainably transform the fashion industry. In 2017 alone, Recover saved over 43.1 billion litres of water through their upcycling initiatives.

Under the leadership of the third generation of Ferres, The Ferre Company is a key player in the sustainable and recycled textile sector. Alfredo speaks on their collaborations with important fashion stakeholders, and how using their approach has already saved massive amounts of water:

"The impact of water, electricity and chemical savings reaches very high values. Two years ago we worked with H&M and in less than five months, which was what it took us to manufacture 300 tons of clothing, they saved two million liters of water".

Alfredo is one of our #100WaterHeroes for leading Hilatura Fer and Recover in their goal to transform the fashion industry by upcycling textile waste into valuable products.

100 Water Heroes: Carlos Cosín


Founder and CEO of Almar Water Solutions

Carlos Cosín, founder and CEO of Almar Water Solutions, and launched the company primarily as a way to “tap into the renewable powered desalination market.” In addition to developing water desalination technology, Almar Water Solutions provides specialist involvement in the financing, design and operation of water infrastructure development.

Carlos has significant experience in the water industry and, for over 20 years, has used his skill-set to develop desalination, wastewater and recycling projects throughout the world. Carlos’ mission with Almar Water Solutions have “a clear focus on environmental and social responsibility,” that complement government-led water initiatives.

Before leading Almar Water Solutions, Carlos attained a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He continued on to work for Veolia Water Systems for seven years, following which he joined Abengoa Water between 2005 and 2016. Carlos is a significant figure in the water desalination industry, and has contributed widely to its development in recent years.

Carlos Cosín is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of his extensive knowledge surrounding water desalination, and his passion for finding a sustainable solution to the global water crisis.

Twitter: @CarlosCosinF