Project location: Rajasthan, India
Funding: £62,212
Year / duration: 2010 / 2 Years
Partner: Traidcraft Exchange

Garment manufacturing is resource intensive and highly polluting, especially the printing and dyeing processes. Contaminated water is released into rivers damaging eco-systems and posing serious health risks to local communities.

TRAID supported Traidcraft Exchange to develop low-cost environmentally friendly technologies for textile craft clusters in Rajasthan, India, to produce textiles without damaging the health and environment of workers and surrounding communities.

The project produced a tool-kit with simple guidelines to help business owners and workers to identify and report health and safety risks, and a manual to identify the environmental impacts and health hazards associated with their work which includes dyeing, printing and weaving.

The tool-kit was given to 3,330 small enterprises reaching around 16,900 artisans and business owners. It serves as a tool to encourage small enterprises to collaborate to advocate for policy changes at government level. It also includes recommendations for low-cost eco-friendly ways to deal with pollution, waste treatment and water conservation, and a database of natural dye suppliers, organic cotton and Fairtrade suppliers.

The project has also set up an eco-friendly water treatment facility which is being used as a model to demonstrate the viability and affordability of producing environmentally friendly textiles.
Training for Trainers workshops educated representatives from non-governmental organisations on introducing the tool-kit, health and safety issues, market linkages and social security who reached 1780 small textile businesses employing around 8,900 artisans.