Recycling, reclaiming and reinventing
Nearly two decades later, re-wrap has set up enterprises in Mysore and Gumballi that now support 250 women. Not only a place for skilled workers, new starters are taught basic and then increasingly advanced sewing so they can learn a skill and find a reliable source of economic autonomy. The work-space is clean and safe, there is no forced overtime, and members have the chance to earn bonus and top up their income.
Using the principles of recycle, reclaim and reinvent, the units create a range of recyclable, reusable products for customers all over the world, including bags, aprons, gift packaging and kitchen accessories. Being conscious of environmental impact, they prefer to deliver by ship and, wherever possible, all fabric waste is recycled or incorporated into designs. The result is a high quality, resilient fabric, which is durable enough to make lasting aprons for Lush retail staff.
The enterprise has also re-invested profit (after paying costs) in projects like a new workspace built in Mysore in 2018, and in transforming their organic cotton supply chain through something they're calling "Seed to Shop" - a project where all elements of the supply chain are understood and considered carefully. Buying directly from farmers and paying a premium gives farmers security, and helps them to manage costs through pre-financing (where previously farmers frequently fell into debt). This gives the cotton farmers a better deal and hope for the future.
You can see the work of this inspirational enterprise up close by checking out our Fighting Animal Testing canvas bags and exploring our Knot Wraps. Whether you use them to hold gifts, your daily shopping or even your gym kit, you’ll be helping to keep these traditional fabric crafts alive in a rapidly modernising world.