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Our Journey Towards a Sustainable Future

Posted by Shrimayee Dutta on
An artisan in the villages of Bikaner

As June comes to a close, we reflect on the many ways in which we celebrate our planet. June is the month when the rainbow flag of LGBTQ+ rights is hoisted high, whispering stories of love, equality and courage. It's the month when the ancient wisdom of Yoga spreads its peaceful colours, teaching us the art of togetherness, presence, and wellness. Amidst these celebrations, June also plays a significant role in highlighting environmental consciousness, drawing attention to the many green initiatives taking place across the world.

At Rangsutra Crafts, we've been weaving beautiful textiles for years. But as we grow, we are also thinking about the environmental impact of our work. This year, we're taking a closer look at our emissions and water usage

Solar Loom at Bikaner Rajasthan

Findings from our recent impact assessment suggest that the biggest source of our emissions is our raw materials used in the products. But measuring our impact is the starting point to making Rangsutra a truly sustainable company. It helps to drive our future strategy with an impact mindset, working to find more sustainable materials – such as more sustainable cotton, recycled yarn, and reducing our waste footprint. We have also significantly reduced the carbon footprint of our energy consumption by installing solar panels and improving our insulation. 
Solar Panels at Rangsutra Bikaner Office

 
Water is another material impact area where we are spending a lot of our effort. Our production processes use a lot of water, especially in the heartlands of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, which are heavily water-stressed. We are working to reduce our water usage by using more efficient machinery such as Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs) and also by recycling our water.

Effluent Treatment Plant at Bikaner Cluster of Rangsutra


 

Another initiative we’ve spent a lot of energy on has also been to recycle leftover fabric into new products and create collections under a #ZeroWaste label.

 

We know that the world’s existential problems such as climate change can't be solved on our own. That's why we are working with our customers, our craftsmen, and our communities to create a more sustainable future. We're committed to weaving a story of sustainability that honors both our craft and our planet.

Here are some specific examples of what Rangsutra Crafts is doing to reduce its environmental impact:

  • Using better cotton and recycled yarn
  • Installing solar panels
  • Improving insulation
  • Using more efficient machinery
  • Recycling water
  • Zero Waste Products
  • Working with craftsmen and communities to promote sustainable practices

We know that we are not alone in the fight for a sustainable future. But we believe that by working together, we can make a difference. We invite you to be a part of this journey with us.


 

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