With our venture Future Proof Production House our goal is to pursue the sustainable production of garments and make sustainable fabrics increasingly accessible to brands. The apparel industry is the second most polluting sector world wide and its negative social and environmental impact is enormous, with raw materials being the biggest contributor.
Most of the environmental impact of the garment industry comes from the production of raw materials like fibers and yarns. The production of fibers like cotton requires a tremendous amount of water and pesticide and, the dyeing process utilises and leaks hazardous chemicals. This is all in addition to the substantial C02 emissions that result from high energy usage and the transportation of goods.
Recycled and alternative fibres: a matter of accessibility
Recycled and alternative natural fibers can significantly improve the sector’s footprint. Natural fibers like hemp, viscose, tencel and bamboo are 100% biodegradable, and the percentage of pesticides or fertilizers usage is low to non-existent. While raw materials such as cotton and polyester demand 10.000 to 71.000 m3 of water per tonne of fibre, organic and recycled cotton only needs between 390 and 635 m3 of water per tonne.
However, increasing the accessibility to these more sustainable recycled fabrics and alternate regenerative materials is a complex task. And even more so in India.
While India is the largest cotton producer globally, and the availability of the raw materials is the country’s competitive advantage, therefore the availability of innovative and sustainable fibres is relatively low. The country is only just starting to build up expertise in product development, and businesses for sustainable fibres are slowly emerging.
Yet, the market is there. India is the second biggest producer of textiles worldwide, producing 20 billion garment pieces per year. Increasingly brands are looking for more sustainable options. However, not everyone is eager to deal with the new design and manufacturing skills that these new yarns require.
FPPH: bridging the accessibility gap
Our Future Proof Production House aims to bridge the gap by connecting brands with new alternative fabrics, in our sustainable manufacturing unit. FPPH is building the design and production know-how to co-create high-quality garments from innovative materials. As such, we work with brands to realize their collection in the most sustainable and transparent way, in India.
Are you ready to create a sustainable change?
Both in India and all around the world, customers and brands are becoming aware of the importance of circularity and they are starting to get involved in the process of change changing. Despite having the sustainable options at hand, the challenges for small-medium brands to adopt such options are significant. With FPPH, we will enable these brands to source sustainably, grow their business and ultimately push the apparel sector forward towards a circular and fair future.
Interested in collaboration or like to know more about FPPH, drop us a line and let’s start a conversation!