Trade that doesn't cost the earth
In a world of finite resources and a rapidly changing climate, the current model of trade is harming the planet - it's unsustainable. Traidcraft Exchange believes in supporting trade and business to become environmentally responsible and climate resilient.
Poverty and environmental degradation are closely interlinked. It is the poorest and most vulnerable who suffer most from the impact of climate change and pollution, and yet these are the people who contributed least to the problem and get least help to ensure their businesses and trading activities are green and sustainable.
In Northern India, Traidcraft Exchange is working with artisans who produce handcrafted textiles to help them reduce the environmental impact of their businesses. These include skilled embroiderers, weavers, dyers and printers.
Many of these businesses use a lot of water – in a part of the world which is generally dry – and make use of chemical dyes which can be harmful both to people and to the environment. Traidcraft Exchange's work has helped reduce the use of these dyes.
In Rajasthan, the work contributed to a model ‘eco-friendly’ textiles park where artisans can set up workshops and benefit from common facilities. One of these is an effluent treatment plant to process and clean waste water. This is a major change of approach for small-scale businesses which would not have the capacity to carry out this type of water treatment on their own.
The project is also working to increase the market for environmentally-friendly textiles by developing the ‘Craft Mark Green’ certification label, promoted within India and internationally to encourage consumers to choose greener products.
"Now, all the dyes that we use do no harm either to humans or to the environment; even the runoff from the dyeing is safe. "
Madan Chowdhary, India