It has always been our endeavour to give back to society. Keeping this philosophy in mind, we strongly believe in providing safe and hygienic environment to our workers. No discrimination of any form and no child labour (not just in our own company but ensure that all our vendor partners adhere to this non-negotiable principal of work).
We have always encouraged Interest free loans, be it for their child’s education or any need during medical emergencies. Keeping in mind our work structure, we believe, we will be able to reassure our buyers by getting our company approved for BSCI (social compliance).
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All chemicals used in the entire process cycle of our production meet the REACH standards. We can provide Oekotex 100 certified for the complete product (through our vendor partner ventures) we are GOTS certified company. We use polyethylene-free polybags or REACH complaint PVC bags. We also Use DMF free silica gel. Year 2020 onwards we will be offering 100% biodegradable poly bags and other packaging material to our buyers in effort to eradicate use of plastic. We have taken conscious steps to include and develop sustainable and recycled fabrics (GRS) products in our repertoire.
Velvet Factory - Corporate Environment Responsibility:
Environment is at the heart of everything that we do. We understand that what we preserve today shall be available to our future generations tomorrow. Our commitment to environment-friendly operating practices is demonstrated through the following objectives:
Promoting the development and use of sustainable facilities and thereby continuously striving for greener working environment.
Complying with all applicable government regulations
We understand the importance of reducing carbon print on the environment and hence are very concerned and dedicated to the water we discharge from our processing unit after thorough treatment. The water is passed through various processes. We also are re-using some of the water from this discharge for washing printing screens which we use for printing and partly for gardening.
Implementing waste management practices, promoting waste reduction and recycling thereby making environment conscious purchasing decisions
We are not only trying to re-use maximum water after processing in our water treatment plant, we have also commissioned extra machines to reduce the sludge formed. Sludge refers to the residual, semi-solid material left from the industrial wastewater. We not only pass this slurry residue through filter press but have also now commissioned a decanter centrifuge to dry the sludge, this reducing the weight and moisture content and resultantly, after an extended period, the result is sludge with very little moisture and is disposed of by land filling.
Reducing and preventing pollution, including maximized use of bio gas fuel/ bio degradable fuel and energy inputs
We are using brickets and bagaas which are made from peanuts, saw and sugarcane pulp and residue dried, as fuel for the factory boiler. Even the ash residue from fuel burning is used by brick kiln around our industrial area. We are using natural gas for running the printing machine and for finishing the fabric instead of any fossil fuel. Though these mediums prove a little expensive compared to other fuel options, we have always tried to fulfill our environmental responsibilities towards a cleaner environment and hence deterred from using any other fuel.
We are making a conscious effort to use lesser plastic, sort the quality of water coming from various machines after multiple processes released for process to the water treatment plant within the factory so that we are able to manage the treatment better.
We recently got a thermal and energy audit done at our factory from Forbes Marshall, a Pune based, renowned company for providing innovative energy solutions and are trying to implement their findings and recommendations over the next year’s tenure as it is an expensive but fruitful exercise for an SME like ours.