Unravelling sustainable practices: A journey through EK Fashion's transparent supply chain

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Reflecting on an insightful trip to the heart of garment manufacturing in the South of India, Tirupur by delving deep into the supply chain ecosystem of one of our esteemed clients, EK Fashion.

During the visits, we had the opportunity to gather valuable insights into our partners' experiences with our platform and engage in discussions about broader industry challenges. Simultaneously, we had the privilege of seeing their manufacturing units and processes and got to know more about their sustainability and transparency practices first-hand.

Among the partners we visited were, Milestone Overseas, Sri Shanmugavel Spinning Mills Pvt Ltd, Mercury Process, Coral Knitwear & Prints, Grey Field, GT Process, and RRD Tex Pvt Ltd. These partners exemplify a shared vision of sustainability and transparency, driving positive change within the fashion industry.

Milestone Overseas, a key garment supplier for EK, has been a pioneer of transparency since the beginning of their collaboration. Despite initial challenges in onboarding their supply chain partners, they have championed education and transparency, fostering a culture of accountability. From leveraging organic materials to minimising cutting waste and advocating for eco-friendly dyes, Milestone Overseas preaches sustainable manufacturing practices.

Mercury Process, EK's processing partner, stands by innovation in sustainability. Through investments in solar panels and the utilisation of agricultural waste for energy, they have significantly reduced their carbon footprint. With ambitious plans to further integrate renewable energy sources, Mercury Process is paving the way for a greener future in garment manufacturing.

Coral Knitwear & Prints, with its integrated facilities for confectioning, embroidery, and printing, resonates with self-reliance in the supply chain. By overseeing every aspect of production in-house, Coral ensures control and accountability at every stage, fostering transparency and quality assurance.

Chandru, Head of operations & business at Coral says the following about transparency:

Transparency isn't just about knowing where something is made; it's about empowering consumers with the process so they can choose sustainable options. By understanding the journey of our products and ensuring they meet sustainability standards, we become not only good, but better suppliers. Creating these insights requires all partners involved to cooperate and provide these details, only by working together we can gain full transparency.

Moreover, our visit to Grey Field shed light on the importance of circularity in garment manufacturing. Witnessing the meticulous sorting of fabric cut-outs and rejected garments for recycling underscored the commitment to minimising waste and maximising resource efficiency.

In conclusion, our journey through EKFashion's transparent supply chain was not just a glimpse into manufacturing processes but a testament to the transformative power of sustainability and transparency. As we continue to forge partnerships and drive change within the fashion industry, let us embrace the call for transparency, for it is through transparency that we illuminate the path towards a more sustainable tomorrow.