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transparency & fairness – low environmental impact

Organic Fairtrade Cotton
Our organic cotton farmers are literally the beginning of RREPP's 'low environmental impact' story and turns one of the dirtiest industries in the world into one of the cleanest. Organic cotton is safer for our farmers to grow, cleaner and healthier on our bodies, especially for our kids, and has a low impact on the environment. Yet only 0.7% of the world's cotton production is organically grown. Some other impressive Environmental statistics achieved through our organic cotton growing initiative include: 1. A reduction in Global Warming by 46% 2. A reduction in the acidification of land & water by 70% 3. A reduction in soil erosion by 26% 4. A reduction in blue water consumption by 91% 5. A reduction in non-renewable energy demand by 62% 6. Nil use of GMO cotton seeds 7. Nil use of toxic chemicals
Biomass Tree Planting Programs
Farmers from RREPP's cotton growing cooperative Chetna Organics, have to this point planted over 1.5 million biomass trees, combined with clean and green drives that have seen the establishment of nurseries that protect the biodiversity of the villages, and the local surrounds & fauna.

Communities have also benefited from the distribution of non GMO seeds and smokeless Chulos (traditional cooking stoves) which have reduced tree cutting by 40%, and the cost of health issues in women by 60%

Achieving United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth - all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. Within RREPP's own supply chain and in conjunction with GOTS (Our Global Organic Textile Standard) and Fairtrade International, we are committed to achieving the United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals well before 2030 targets.

RREPP is also aiming for a net-zero / negative carbon emission target for our entire supply chain by the end of 2021. Well beyond industry standards that are waiting until 2050 to attempt to achieve similar outcomes in their businesses. A date we feel is far too late for our planet's survival.

Multifaceted Environmental Initiatives
Our stitching factory Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills (RCM), is constantly driving environmental initiatives to lower it's own carbon footprint. Some of these include:

* Installing an ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant) for treatment of waste water generated from printing & fabric washing processes. The ETP was set up as per guidelines from the West Bengal Pollution control board. The solid hazardous waste generated from the ETP is collected by PCB approved waste collecting agencies.

* The cotton waste generated during CMT production processes is collected by various agencies for recycling, then used by businesses in the paper industry.

* Food waste from the staff canteen is collected by the local people and used for feeding their cattle.

* Air tests, noise tests in high noise prone areas , stack emission tests for diesel and steam generators, and water tests, are all carried out on a regular basis.

* Green category Diesel Generator sets are installed for emitting less noise.

* Conventional lights have been replaced with LED lights to save energy.

* Variable pulleys have been installed on stitching machines to save energy.

* To maintain good hygiene and sanitation, septic tank installations are de-sludged regularly with the sludge turned into fertiliser. With all residual waste disposed of as per guidelines set by the PHE Department (Public Health Engineering Directorate Govt. of West Bengal)

Sustainable Packaging
Outside every single one our our garments being made from natural 100% Organic & Fairtrade certified cotton, RREPP also has a commitment to only using sustainable packaging and being minimalist in our approach as part of our 'anti plastic' initiatives. We use hangtags that are made from recycled paper and cardboards, and only use oxo-biodegradable polybags to wrap all our garments in. We also offer our clients a short life plant based compostable polybag if suitable to their requirements.
Compostable Delivery Satchels
For all our satchel deliveries, RREPP uses HEROPACKS and Green Compost-A-Pak satchels. Made from corn and plastic free, they are certified by the major global certifying bodies across Europe, North America and Australasia. Our Compost-A-Paks have even passed the Eco-Toxicity and Worm Test which is unique to the Australian Commercial Composting Standard (AS4736 - ABAP10019). Another initiative reflecting RREPP's commitment to lowering it's footprint on our planet.

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