10 Fashion Labels as Social Enterprise

Fashion industry as social enterprise

Fashion industry plays a vital role in the world. It acts as a bridge between the rural and urban people.It is making the world recognize the lost importance of handicraft. Moreover, the Indian textile industry solely employs over 45 million people directly and 60 million people indirectly. It is strengthening the economy, environment and also the society. Impactpreneurs enlists such ecopreneurs who are uplifting the marginalized classes and are establishing the true meaning of ethical fashion.

  1. Whitenife

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  • Cause: Whitenife strives to be a pioneer leader in the sustainable fashion by positively impacting the environment and the world. They empower the rural women and traffick survivors by developing their skill and encouraging girls’ education. Moreover, they have exclusively introduced a patented mineral called Elfh which is 89% similar to the original elephant ivory. Apart from these, they donate profits to the underprivileged classes and support waste management, and animal and heritage preservation.
  • Amazing Factor: It is Asia’s first platform for ethical and sustainable fashion.
  1. Anchal

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  • Cause: It is a not-for-profit social enterprise which uplifts the women who are exploited across the globe. They empower them by training them in designing and by employing them in the organisation. Hence, making them an integral part of the textile industry.
  • Amazing Factor: Anchal has transformed lives of over 150 women and employs 77 artisans till date.
  1. SOURCE by Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF)

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  • Cause: EFF is a forum which incorporates various fashion brands which have come up to fight the odds of the society such as poverty, unemployment, environmental damage etc. EFF has launched a social enterprise, SOURCE which aims to achieve sustainable fashion.
  • Amazing Factor: They have trained over 1000 professionals on sustainable fashion.
  1. Okhai

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  • Cause: Their sole mantra which they follow intensively i.e., Working Women for Working Women. The Okhamandal region is the drought prone area of Gujarat where handicraft is the most promising source of livelihood. As a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR),  Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD)  has launched Okhai through which they extend the hand of empathy towards the rural women. Hence, giving them the opportunity to be independent.
  • Amazing Factor: The World Rural Women’s Day is celebrated as Okhai Day in Mithapur.
  1. Mother Earth

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  • Cause: Mother Earth promotes products made by rural artisans. These artisans work together by forming Self Help Groups (SHGs) or independently as local rural entrepreneurs. Mother Earth guides them with innovative designs and provides possible necessary support.
  • Amazing Factor: In 2011, Mother Earth was awarded Indian Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
  1. Karigar

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  • Cause: This is a venture started by two Indian girls who left India and shifted to Amsterdam. Being there, they started Pashm where the designs are developed but the weaving work is done by the rural Indian artisans. Karigar is actually the collaboration of Pashm and IXXcreates which supports the same aim as that of Pashm.
  • Amazing Factor: They use 100% natural materials (like Himalayan forest silk, nettle and wool) which are available in the Himalayas. They are breathing lives in Indian material by valuing it at the international platform.
  1. Mandala Apparels

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  • Cause: 80% of the production unit comprises women. They produce organically and ethically rich apparels.Till date, they are successful in standing by their core values to go green by promoting sustainable, ethical and inclusive clothing.
  • Amazing Factor: Mandala in literal term is a sustainable enterprise as the waste generated from the production is distributed to their respective fields where they can be reused or recycled. For example, they send the big waste like clothes to Goonj, a Delhi-based NGO where they use it to manufacture sanitary napkin under the mission Not Just a Piece of Cloth (NJPC).
  1. Bhu:sattva

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  • Cause: Bhu:sattva completely manifests the value of Indian tradition by opting for organic materials in its production process. Bhu:sattva had launched few projects as a part of CSR; Khadi Art and Suvarana Jyot. Khadi Art was launched in collaboration with Women Empowerment Corporation (WEC) and Ora World Mandala (OWM). Khadi is treated as a sign of non-violence in India and art is the best way to impart a message to the society. Suvarana Jyot is a mission which empowers women. Under this project, Bhu:sattva has signed an MOU with the Gujarat Government to empower 1000 rural women.
  • Amazing Factor: Bhu:sattva has stepped forward to support children by associating with Child Rights & You (CRY).
  1. Aarong

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  • Cause: Aarong literally means village fair in Bangladesh. It is supported by the world’s largest non-governmental development organization called Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC). To eradicate poverty from Bangladesh, Aarong not only produces textile products but also produces brass, clay pots, diamond jewellery and leather.
  • Amazing Factor: Today, Aarong has impacted the lives of 65,000 artisans by providing fair trade. Not only this, it is going strong by positively affecting about 325,000 lives.
  1. Buqa Couture

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  • Cause: Buqa Couture vehemently supports human rights and fair labour practices in its business. They empower the Indian women who are trapped in the sex-trade with the help of Self Help Enterprise (SHE). SHE is a not-for-profit organization which encourages them to produce Kantha style products which are later showcased at the international platform.  Apart from empowering women, Buqa Couture voluntarily participates in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program which enhances the international custom and trade supply chain and improves border the security.
  • Amazing Factor: Buqa Woman, the non-profit hand of Buqa Couture trades away the collection bought from SHE of India. The profit earned is then sent to India to train, implement infrastructure projects and also invest in the education and welfare of women.

To know more about such social entrepreneurs visit, Impactpreneurs.

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