The clothing industry is the second most polluting industry on the planet. We know that. Would it be best to stop manufacturing clothes and fabrics altogether? Yes. Is that a realistic scenario? Not really.
That’s why we try our hardest to create a better, cleaner, more sustainable fashion landscape. Not only by encouraging better production techniques, the use of organic or recycled materials or choosing a less polluting transport option, but also by compensating all CO2 emissions* of orders done through the platform.
Globally, the fashion industry is estimated to contribute 3 – 10% of the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change, based on scientific studies and reports from the United Nations and charities. The clothing industry has a variety of other environmental impacts, including intensive water use, water pollution through dyeing and textile production, and pesticide and herbicide pollution through the agricultural production of cotton.
Manufy has partnered with The Green Branch in order to help compensate for emissions that are caused by the production and transportation process of textiles on our platform. Manufy already supports brands and manufacturers in making more responsible decisions to reduce their environmental impact. However some emissions take more time to reduce, which is why we have taken matters into our own hands. We will compensate the average carbon emissions caused by the transportation* of the orders that run through our platform. Hereby making the first steps to facilitating carbon neutral textile production.
The project uses afforestation methods on barren lands to create a carbon-sequestering forest in the Guizhou province of China. It has planted more than 50.000 ha of forest, designed to enhance biodiversity and create alternative livelihoods. Various tree species are planted to transform the land into biodiverse rich and interconnected forests. Without this project, the area would remain barren with limited ability to support life. The karst rocky environment of the project area is an ideal situation for afforestation. The planted native trees cope well with the rocky soil and connect forests to each other benefiting the holistic ecosystem of the Yunnan-Guizhou plateau.
The project contributes to enhancing biodiversity, improving water retainment, soil conservation and lowering soil erosion. This will result in a green biodiverse forest cover of biomass. Carbon finance through the Qianbei project is essential to the local community collectively owning the project lands to plant and maintain the forests. The majority of the communities participating in the project are women. They are educated about carbon emissions, carbon sinks, planting trees and forest ecosystems. It is not only nature benefitting from the project, but also the local community living in the surrounding villages.
At Manufy, we are deeply committed to minimizing the environmental impact of the fashion industry. While we recognize that CO2 compensation alone is not the definite solution, we believe in collective efforts towards a more sustainable future. We work continuously with our manufacturers and brands, fostering a shared commitment to more environmentally-friendly practices and ethical production.