SUSTAINABILITY

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At Sodhani Biotech, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We understand that sustainability is no longer ‘good to have’ but a ‘must have’. So our mission is to bring sustainable practices to the forefront, in the dyeing and textile industries, by making natural dyes accessible and easy-to-implement for fashion brands. By focusing on circularity, transparency and collaboration, we aim to support all spheres of sustainability: the society, the economy and the environment. It is our mission to make a positive impact on our planet and the communities we operate in, to empower our customers, and to contribute to a better future for all. Our focus is to support spheres of sustainability- society, economy, and environment.

CREATING AN IMPACT

Achieving the Colors of Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainability is at the centre of every action and choice we make. We are aware of the implications of our actions and the jeopardy that we have put not just the future of us but also of the planet. At Sodhani Biotech, we fully support these seven sustainability Goals.

Goal:15
Life on land - Our biodegradable, easy-to-dispose-of products contribute to preserving life on land.

Goal:14
Life below water - no harmful effluents, such as those emitted in the production of synthetic dyes, are produced during the manufacturing of our products; therefore, our goal of saving a life is met with every product you purchase.

Goal:13
Climate action- our products are playing a crucial role in mitigating the effects of climate change. We are assiduously working to develop products that address climate change head-on. Our objectives are crystal obvious, and climate change is one of our highest priorities.

Goal:12
Responsible consumption and production - At Sodhani Biotech, we understand the significance of responsible resource management. We are continually enhancing our technology, methodology, and strategy to increase our resource consumption and utilization accountability.

Goal:11
Sustainable cities and communities - We aspire to create a world that is sustainable, and our products are the means by which we intend to accomplish this. The road to creating sustainable cities is lengthy, but we are aware that our products are one of the pillars that will facilitate the transformation.

Goal:6
Clean water and sanitation- up to half of the 10% dyestuff discharged as effluent persists in the environment. It has severe implications for the quality and water and, finally, your health. We at Sodhani Biotech work with natural colors that are easy to dispose of and do not pollute water.

Goal:3
Good health and well-being- we at Sodhani Biotech care about you. Our products promote good health and well-being as they are natural in origin and have no severe implications for you health.

Goal:15
Life on land - Our biodegradable, easy-to-dispose-of products contribute to preserving life on land.
Goal:14
Life below water - no harmful effluents, such as those emitted in the production of synthetic dyes, are produced during the manufacturing of our products; therefore, our goal of saving a life is met with every product you purchase.
Goal:13
Climate action- our products are playing a crucial role in mitigating the effects of climate change. We are assiduously working to develop products that address climate change head-on. Our objectives are crystal obvious, and climate change is one of our highest priorities.
Goal:12
Responsible consumption and production - At Sodhani Biotech, we understand the significance of responsible resource management. We are continually enhancing our technology, methodology, and strategy to increase our resource consumption and utilization accountability.
Goal:11
Sustainable cities and communities - We aspire to create a world that is sustainable, and our products are the means by which we intend to accomplish this. The road to creating sustainable cities is lengthy, but we are aware that our products are one of the pillars that will facilitate the transformation.
Goal:6
Clean water and sanitation- up to half of the 10% dyestuff discharged as effluent persists in the environment. It has severe implications for the quality and water and, finally, your health. We at Sodhani Biotech work with natural colors that are easy to dispose of and do not pollute water.
Goal:3
Good health and well-being- we at Sodhani Biotech care about you. Our products promote good health and well-being as they are natural in origin and have no severe implications for you health.

Circularity

At Sodhani Biotech, we are committed to embracing circularity in all our operations and products. We believe in minimizing waste, optimizing our resources and maximizing the lifespan of our products. Here's how we incorporate circular practices:

Sustainable Sourcing

The natural dyes industry suffers from a massive supply issue: The current natural dye supply is meeting only 1% of the global demand of 10,000 tonnes. We, at Sodhani Biotech, are working to overcome this by including more waste products to extract colour from, instead of focusing on products that come under the food chain or are grown in the wild. By supporting local communities and prioritizing waste as a resource, we minimize our ecological footprint.

Biodegradability

Since natural dyes are extracted from fruits, flowers, plants and plant waste, they are biodegradable and are non-toxic to humans, animals and the planet. So effluents from textile dyeing factories and facilities that use natural dyes, rather than synthetic dyes, are also biodegradable and not harmful to the planet. Moreover, when used to dye natural fabrics, these natural dyes ensure the fabrics are completely biodegradable at end-of-life.

Recycling

The majority of our dyes come from waste, such as onion peels, walnut shells, avocado pits, pomegranate peels and marigold flowers, which we’re recycling into a product that is not only useful but also commercially viable. We also strive to minimize waste throughout our production process. By implementing innovative techniques and initiatives, and repurposing waste and other materials, we have developed a closed loop system with a minimal impact on the environment.

Renewability

Natural dyes are derived from renewable sources that can be harnessed without harming the environment. Our products, specifically, use fruit and plant waste, as well as bacteria grown in a controlled environment, all of which we will never run out of. Moreover, by keeping waste out of landfill, we are also doing our part to mitigate climate change.

Transparency

At Sodhani Biotech, we believe transparency is key to fighting greenwashing. We believe in being open and honest about our practices and our impact, ensuring our customers and partners know exactly what they’re getting when they work with us. Here's how we foster transparency:

Ingredient Traceability

We provide detailed information about the origin of our natural dyes, enabling you to make informed choices. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure transparency throughout the supply chain.

Manufacturing Process

We believe in sharing information about our manufacturing process to give you a clear understanding of how our products are made. By being transparent, we empower you to make informed choices that align with your values.

Lab Testing and Certifications

All our products undergo C14 testing and are certified for 100% biocarbon, ensuring you get the highest quality of natural dyes from us. We are also GOTS certified for being certified, ISO-certified for safety and REACH certified for compliance. We proudly display these certifications and openly share our test results to showcase our commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible practices.

Collaboration

We believe in the power of collaboration to drive positive change. We also believe collaboration is key to solving the supply chain issues the natural dye industry is currently facing. We actively seek partnerships and collaborations with like-minded organizations and individuals who share our vision. Here's how we embrace collaboration:

Artisan Partnerships

We collaborate with skilled artisans who have a deep understanding of traditional dyeing techniques. By working together, we ensure the preservation of cultural heritage while creating sustainable livelihoods for these artisans. They are also the force behind our Dye It Yourself workshops that have come to be so popular over the years.

Farmer Partnerships

We work with local farmers to source our raw materials. This has also been a source of employment, viz. crop cultivation, collection of leaves, flowers and fruits, including the cleaning of herbal materials! Fun Fact: The production of 1 kg bio indigo provides employment to two rural farmers!

Industry Partnerships

We actively engage with other organizations and industry players to drive meaningful change as well as solve industry supply issues. Adding more partners in the value chain and outsourcing extraction has also helped us increase our supply capacity to around 150 MT, which is among the highest when compared to industry standards. Outsourcing has helped us focus more on R&D and manage product consistency, while harnessing the production capacity of companies with larger setups. We do all this while keeping complete control over raw material procurement and quality checks. This open source methodology has helped us offer material at scale to customers who want to change things at scale but have so far been held back by supply chain concerns.

Expert Partnerships

A collaborative approach has helped us grow fast and develop new technology. We are working with companies in collaboration for auxillary development and cultivation of products like indigo, for applications like hairdye and leather. Our research on bacteria-based dyes was incubated at Delhi University and we have been one of Fashion for Good’s ……

Human Health

At Sodhani Biotech, we don’t just care about the planet, we also care about the people who work with us, the people in the communities we operate within, and the people who wear products created using our dyes.

The dyeing industry has been using and dumping almost 2000 different types of chemicals, polluting freshwater. In fact, textile dyeing has been responsible for as much as 20% of water pollution. Natural dyes, on the other hand, are biodegradable, non-toxic, non-allergic, and anti-microbial, while providing vibrant colours.

Heavy metals like lead, chromium and cadmium are an integral part of synthetic dyeing processes. Other pollutant includes nitrates, chlorine compounds, mercury, arsenic, nickel, cobalt and sulphur. Lead has been known to produce developmental and neurological damage in children, and cardiovascular diseases in adults, affecting both, people who work in the textile, dyeing and apparel industries as well as those who wear these clothes. Our natural dyes need none of these, making them safer for the people who dye our clothes, the people who make our garments and also those who wear them.

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