Waste2Weave: Women out of poverty, plastic out of the environment.
Waste2Weave unit in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
The Indian Hand-loom industry
The Hand-loom industry is the second largest source of income in India only after agriculture and 77% of its workers are women. Millions in this industry, however, work in poor conditions and live below the line of poverty.
Although weaving has been part of the Indian culture and history for centuries, hand-loom weavers have to face hardship and constant difficulties. Overpriced raw materials, low productivity, inefficient equipment, health problems related with hand-looming, undervalued products and lack of access to sales channels, keep most of the hand-weaving households in extreme poverty making an average of 1.5 USD per day to sustain 4 to 5 people.
Waste2Weave was designed to improve the livelihood of women working in the Indian handloom industry by providing them with the means to increase their income while improving their work conditions.
Green fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles in combination with local natural fibers like organic cotton and silk are used to make high-quality products like tableware, pillow covers, and bags.
End-to-end chain of value
Waste2Weave offers an end-to-end chain of value tackling the main problems of the handloom industry.