Khasto's view on sustainable trade

Our love for Khasto's products lies in their softness and beauty, and for us this means that the production process needs to add value to everyone involved in creating this beauty. We feel a responsibility towards the planet and the people we work with.

The craftsmen- and women who make the products are also an important local force to help change paradigms in the textile industry, so that we can contribute to a transition to a more eco-friendly production process. Our goal is to achieve a production that is as sustainable as possible, starting with an almost 100% shift to certified organic cotton in 2020, something we have been working on for the last two years.

From the outset, Khasto has been comitted to create healthy and positive working conditions and a social environment, together with our suppliers, for the people who produce the collection. We work with small-scale producers: the workshops, the print- and the dyeing units. In February 2020 we visited the supplier of our raw organic cotton, and visited the certification institution Control Union in New Delhi that overseas the certification process for our suppliers and ourselves here in The Netherlands. We undertook this journey to gain a better understanding of the entire production chain, and of the people we work with. This is a process in continuous development, in which we try to achieve new goals with the least possible compromise on environment as possible. Partly because of our growth, we have a budget to take steps for companies that have limited resources. For example, Khasto has financed the organic certification of its two main suppliers.

The reason we chose organic cotton is because it is grown without the use of harmful pesticides, which has a negative impact on the quality of water and biodiversity. To ensure that our organic cotton products actually contain organically grown cotton, we have had our facility certified in Amsterdam, and our main suppliers in India, by Control Union for the OCS 100 certificate, which stands for products made with 100% organically grown cotton.

The cutting, painting, printing and sewing of our products takes place at various suppliers and individual artisans in small workshops. With these partners we have established an ecological and social standard, and formalised this standard in a signed cooperation agreement.

As far as the dyeing of cotton is concerned, we increasingly work with natural dyes, such as indigo and turmeric, and for the non-natural dye we make sure that it is AZO free and does not contain heavy metals. AZO dye is a commonly used group of dyes that contain harmful substances. The substances with which Khasto products are made are either unbleached, or bleached with hydrogen peroxide, and never with chlorine.

 

Positive developments in 2020

• Transition to certified organic cotton for the vast majority of the new collection in 2020.

• Increase of recycled fabrics such as used saris, and vintage kantha cloth.

• Increase of natural dye in the collection

• Making formal cooperation agreements with our main suppliers that regulate aspects of water management, fair trade, use of chemicals and packaging.

• Transition to recyclable LPDE (polyethylene) instead of PVC packaging and a 60% reduction in packaging material by packaging products no longer per piece but by group colour and group size.

• First shipment by sea freight instead of by air is a fact, with the intention of expanding this channel for new shipments.

 

Objectives

• Further stimulation and knowledge increase of water management in printing and dyeing units we work with.

• Further reducing the use of packaging materials and encouraging sustainable alternatives.

• Stimulate innovation at suppliers by researching other materials such as bamboo, so we can lean less heavily on cotton.

• Reduce transport by air more, in favour of sea freight.