Sustainable Earth Foundation is a non-profit building a new economy building a global network towards the well-being of the earth and human health. By bringing synergy between people and planet for sustainable and eco manufacturing and lifestyles.
Textiles and colour industry is one of the most polluting industries in the modern world. Traditionally India developed and provided 70% worlds needs using only eco practices using natural and organic materials and hand processes. However, in last 100 years, industrial revolution brought in pollution health and environmental toxicity.
Bringing together people and planet, towards a healthier Earth, Sustainable Earth Foundation was formed to realign traditional practices in the modern context.
"Great things are done by a series of
small things brought together”
In partnership with public and private sector collaborators, educators and all stakeholders SEF is bringing eco practices & sustainable development and fair market access to a fragmented industry towards a healthier toxic free world.
NATURAL – HERBAL DYES
Fashion and Colour industry is one of the most polluting industries. Each conventional garment destroys over 2000 litres of water and uses almost 8000 toxic chemicals. India produced textiles for centuries using natural medicinal ingredients like Pomegranate peals, Turmeric, Myraballam, Madder etc. However, with the introduction of chemicals, there was a decline in the use of natural colour sources. This harmed the user, maker and the environment. We offer technical support to artisans and organisations to use natural herbal sources
INDIGENOUS COTTON SEED
Cotton is the most used and most versatile textile source. However conventional cotton is the highest consumer of pesticides. We work with Indigenous Organic cotton growers
Industrial manufacturing and machines take over human jobs, resulted in rural displacement and homes breaking. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of sustainable manufacturing each one should spin for a shared economy. We take the spinning back closer to our farms. Reintroducing hand spinning on box charkhas as a free will livelihood opportunity. Our spinning program has helped women come out of bonded labour, empowered women with low mobility. We bring back the economy to the people who grow the cotton. The value remains with the agro community and adds more value to the cotton they grow
Collaborating and sourcing with and for artisans. Creating a two way platform where artisans can source authentic raw materials and showcase their products to the market
We offer Technology support, Skill support and Training to incorporate sustainable productions
Outreach and workshops collaborations. We work with Institutes, colleges, schools and private events creating customised workshops and co labs
SEED TO FINISH
Cotton is the most consumed and versatile agro produce. The fashion industry is also one of the largest health and environment polluters. Most of the cotton industry is controlled by a few who control the seeds, pesticides and fertiliser supply. Our farmers have been trapped in the vicious cycle falling into the trap of being dependent on the mercy of these companies, often ending up as bonded labourers on their own land. Farmer suicides are increasing and leaving the farming community distraught.
Indigenous Cotton varieties are climate and pest resilient, need very little water and no synthetic pesticides need to be bought. Natural methods are used to nourish and protect the product and thus, empowering farmers to become independent and self-sufficient.
Keeping the value chain close to the farms, we train women to hand spin organic cotton yarn. This is a free will program. Women are encouraged to spin only in their spare time. No employee-employer relationship. With multiple duties like cooking, cleaning, washing, looking after children, family and their animals and farm activities, rural women are always pressed for time. Thus they are encouraged to prioritise their needs for the day and spin as per the day permits. Empowering them to add value to their time and lives while adding value to the cotton they grew.
Each garment user is encouraged to volunteer. We all need to know where it comes from. No matter what your skill or education. If you use textiles you can contribute. From travelling to remote rural areas and working with farmers and weavers to working with schools for our outreach. You are welcome to join our program.
You are encouraged to apply your skills. Learn by doing. Do write to us with your resume.