OUR SUSTAINABILITY APPROACH

morning sun and blue skies rising over green rice fields

A view of verdant rice fields in Bijoynagar, Assam.

Towards our People:

Women empowerment & economic growth in our rural communities

> Fair trade with our weavers & garment makers

> Inclusive hiring process & flexible working hours

> Cultural representation

UN SDG: Goal 5 & Goal 8

Towards our Planet:

> Biodegradable fabrics chosen based on their scientifically calculated carbon, water & land footprint.

For eg: while cotton may be a natural fibre, its high water footprint (2120 litres for every kilogram) and high pesticide consumption does not make it a sustainable fibre

> Zero synthetic fibres such as acrylic, polyester & nylon that not only release microfibres which cause water pollution and have high carbon footprints but their production also depends heavily on non renewable energy resources of oil & coal- industries notorious for worker exploitation. 

> Traceable & transparent supply chain 

> Advocacy for climate action

UN SDG: Goal 12

Towards our Process:

> Our collections are designed for timeless style and start with made-to-order production to gauge demand in order to reduce wastage and dead-stock

> An unsold finished goods policy where we upcycle unsold goods

UN SDG: Goal 12.

OUR FABRIC STANDARDS

91%

Better materials: Handloom Ahimsa/ Peace silk, handloom organic cotton, machine woven organic cotton

9%

Conventional cotton. We discontinued production of conventional cotton sarees in December 2020.

*Based on total yardage used during Q4 (January-March) 2022.

Our Time- Bound Measurable Targets 
Our Ongoing Projects

> Commitment to use 100% sustainable fibres by 2024, i.e., eliminate use of conventional cotton from our product line.

> Publishing the first-ever Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Peace silk to calculate its carbon & water footprint. 

Arras women eri peace silk weaver from Assam

Ranju Das

Master Weaver, Bijoynagar

Assam Women silk weaver

Nomita

Master Weaver, Boko

Meet Our Team
Unmana Rynjah Arras Founder

Unmana Rynjah

Founder

Certified organic cotton suppliers 

> A&A Eco Products, New Delhi

Neha Deeva Designer

Neha Yadav

In-house Designer

Assam Weaver Coordinator

Uttam Kalita

Weaver Coordinator

Our Community Engagement

> Fundraising for our weaver families

> Developing the concept of Fibershed (a term coined by Rebecca Burgess meaning "geographical landscape that defines and gives boundaries to a natural textile resource base, engendering appreciation, connectivity, and sensitivity for the life-giving resources within our homelands") for Peace silk in our pilot village in Bijoynagar, Assam in order to increase the channels of income for the weaver community