Sustainable Textiles Celebrate @ E2expo

Some sustainability efforts deserve even more celebration than others - perhaps because they have a significant societal impact in addition to environmental, or because there's something remarkable about the company or teams spearheading them, or simply because there's something really emotionally powerful about them.

This section presents a curated list, from around the world, of such efforts in the textile and apparel industries

2019

Lotus based handcrafted textiles from the rural women of Cambodia

Company : Samatoa Lotus Textiles

Samatoa Lotus Textiles is a Cambodian social enterprise which manufactures vegetal waste based hand crafted textiles with the support vulnerable women and their family in Cambodia. It follows fair trade principles and sustainable manufacturing pro...

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2019

Everyday accessories made from fallen teak leaves

Company : Leafii

Leafii was born out of a desire to share high quality, handmade goods that are unique, beautiful and in harmony with nature. Materials such as teak leaves that are abundant, natural and highly regenerative are repurposed into something useful wi...

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2018

Renewable energy based Khadi garment production enabling rural women empowerment and poverty alleviation

Company : Greenwear

Greenwear presents sustainable fashion which follows the concept of Khadi (household-based production), which is powered by renewable energy resources to create high-quality affordable textiles and garments. Their goal is to achieve zero defects ...

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2018

Not-for-profit fashion brand driving social entrepreneurship

Company : Origin Africa

Origin Africa is a Not-for-profit fashion brand that is providing capable and trusted social entrepreneurs capital derived from the profits of its clothing. They sell t-shirts of varying sizes having unique and minimalistic prints. 100% of their...

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2017

Luxury african handbags that empower women

Company : Olori

In partnership with women-owned businesses and local artisans in Africa, they make handbags and accessories that are the ultimate symbols of empowerment; every product sold pays tuition for girls in under-served African communities. They are asso...

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2016

Denim fashion company's vision to enable freedom for vulnerable women

Company : Outland Denim

Outland Denim was founded with a vision to enable freedom for vulnerable women by creating employment opportunities in the denim manufacturing sector. After a research period, James Bartle, founder and CEO, learnt that once an affected girl has...

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2016

Connecting handloom weaving skills with new fashion designs through army affected women

Company : Fabric Social

The Fabric Social creates sustainable silk and cotton shirts and dresses for the Australian women’s market. It is a conscious label, combining Australian design talent with the grassroots handloom weaving skills. They work with communities to c...

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2015

Renewable energy based machines for textile weavers and producers

Company : Resham Sutra

Resham Sutra is a renewable energy based rural livelihood enabling company. They are focused on rural silk yarn production and fabric weaving, which are the largest non-farm rural employment options in many states of India. The ...

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2009

Contemporary style Indian fashion designs from decentralized rural artisan network and self help groups

Company : Mother Earth

Mother Earth is a lifestyle brand for people with an Indian design sense. Mother Earth promotes products made by rural artisans which represent Indian designs in a contemporary sense. It manages a network of decentralized artisans from villages...

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2008

Refugee designers weave fabric magic

Company : RefuSHE

RefuSHE specializes in identifying and protecting unaccompanied and separated refugee children and youth, especially girls, young women and their children living in Nairobi, Kenya. Their shelter, education, and community outreach services, couple...

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2002

Handcrafted apparel and lifestyle products aligned to local culture and values

Company : Okhai

Okhai offers handcrafted apparel and lifestyle products created by rural artisans from across India. The Okhamandal region is the drought-prone area of Gujarat where handicraft is the most promising source of livelihood.  Okhai has been identifi...

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1999

Creating impact driven marketplace for artisans

Company : Novica

Novica was started in 1999 with a dream to create a better world for artisans. Along their journey, they discovered that as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them. By creat...

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1993

Weaving freedom in Meghalaya

Company : Nongtluh Women Weaving Cooperative

Nongtluh Women Weaving Cooperative explore the artistic, sustainable fashion initiatives in Meghalaya. The symbols from their tribal traditions are interwoven with their artistic work. The Nongtluh Weaving Cooperative is using natural plant and ...

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1991

Ethical and artisanal home decor from Zambian tribal communities

Company : Tribal Textiles

Tribal Textiles works to create sustainable impact for the tribal communities in South Luangwa, Zambia through fashion creativity and craftsmanship by going beyond fair wages, reinvesting in community strengthening initiatives, and supporting loca...

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