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

Updated : November 2020


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Creating livelihoods for rural women through solar charkha

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 in products and zero emissions required in the production process. It aims to benefit the livelihoods of their employees through increased financial security and stability. 

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Year Established



Greenwear, a sustainable fashion company that uses renewable energy resources to create high-quality affordable textiles and garments was founded in 2018 by Abhishek Pathak who is a textile designer from the National Institute of Fashion Technology. Its mission is to create 5 thousand livelihoods for women in rural India through Solar Charkha and allied activities by 2025.

Highlights and sustainability benefits

The company maintains sustainable practices across the entire value chain. It is also adding more mainstream brands into the portfolio such as WLS, Raymonds and Wondermom.

About the Work

The company promotes a decentralized textile value chain generating livelihoods of rural women through Solar Charkha. It purchases yarn from a network of women using solar charkas – domestic spinning wheels used primarily for spinning cotton into yarn. The yarn is then woven into fabric by Greenwear’s ecosystem of 400 weavers.


Greenwear operates in collaboration with Bhartiya Harit Khadi - The Solar Charkha Mission. They are one among the Top 10 in TATA Social Enterprise Challenge

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