7 reasons to look to India for sustainable fabrics

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Hollywood movies always portray India as a poverty-stricken country. In the famous movie “Slumdog Millionaire”, the two kids picking trash from a sea of waste for an exchange of small tips clearly paints this picture. According to the UN, it is estimated that about 28% of people in India live below the poverty line.

Picking trash and recycling is a major task of the underprivileged to earn bread. Today, trash is becoming more valuable as companies are looking for thrown-away materials to recycle and use for creating fresh products. Words like sustainability, circular economy, eco-friendly, etc. are being propagated throughout the world in order to create awareness among consumers to make companies accountable against the exploitation of natural resources.

Now “GREEN” products are trending. If it’s harmful to the earth, consumers don’t want it. As companies are looking around the world for sustainable products, especially for textiles, India has become the hubspot for the sustainable sourcing of fabrics.

In this article, we are looking at the top 7 reasons why you should look to India for sustainable fabrics sourcing.


  1. Certified facilities

According to reports, India has 1973 GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified facilities. Whereas the other major manufacturing hub of the world like Bangladesh (689) and China (301) are way behind.

In addition to that, India is also at the forefront in other certifications like:

  • 40% Fairtrade cotton certified producers or traders are in India.
  • 217 GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified facilities.

Certifications indicate an international level of sustainability standards and processes. These numbers are surely a great reason why you should look to India for sustainable fabric sourcing.

  1. Homegrown raw materials

Raw materials play an integral role in deciding the sustainability of the final fabrics. How it is grown? How the workers are treated? How much power is utilized? How much water is being used? These are some of the questions to be asked while considering the sustainability of the fabrics.

With efforts from the farming community and organizations like the BCI Cotton initiative, people are fairly treated and sustainable products are grown.
As per the reports, India is the largest producer of organic cotton with 51% being grown in India.

Private companies like Reliance and Birla are also contributing positively by producing more sustainable synthetic fibers.

Sustainable raw materials like organic cotton, recycled cotton, organic cotton, organic linen, organic bamboo, and banana fibers are grown abundantly in India.


  1. Flexible production

Companies like Dinesh Exports can manufacture any type of fabric for the client. Earlier it used to be that one manufacturer makes only a certain type of fabric. Now Indian manufacturers are capable of producing more than one type of product at their facility.

This gives flexibility to the clients while they make the order and can avail most of their needs from one manufacturer.


  1. Lower MOQs

Fast fashion requires lower MOQ (Minimum order quantity) as they focus on the latest designs that get sold out within a month or two. This industry requires low MOQ acceptance from the manufacturers. At Dinesh Exports, our MOQ starts from 1500 meters. But we also provide lower quantities for our clients at an extra charge.

This easiness in manufacturing should attract any brands to India. They can now focus on quality as well as quantity.


  1. Labor & Technology

The Indian labor force is comparatively cheaper in the world. Chinese labor costs have gone up in the last few years. India has an untapped market to explore when it comes to its labor force. More than 60% of the Indians are young people. Unlike Bangladesh, which appoints women in their textile industry, the Indian women workforce is also in their early stage.

This doesn’t mean India is technologically backward. With India being the software hub to the world, we have developed sophisticated software to help manufacturers streamline their processes and truly follow the lean methodology. This results in higher efficiency and profit margins for brands and retailers.

Datadex is considered the famous Indian application that helps in the entire manufacturing process of textiles, apparel, and private labels.


  1. Infrastructure

India is developing fast. It has introduced a 102.51 trillion investment plan for a five-year window in the year 2020. Under this investment, new railroads, airports, roads, ports, and other developments will be made.

Even in the current situation, India is able to export quickly to any part of the world.


  1. Entrepreneurial spirit

Since 2017, there have been 7 IPO’s (Initial Public Offering) in the textile industry in India. Thousands of rupees have been raised by companies to grow and develop their companies. Besides this, hundreds of textile companies have been registered and ran across India.

This shows the entrepreneurial spirit of the Indian youth. It is the best time to look to India for sustainable fabrics.


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