Cotton is the world's "dirtiest crop" - with a huge environmental and social impact on our planet. Now one startup in London is looking at how tech could help make production more sustainable and transparent.
Now in the southeastern district of Warangal, dotted with statues to the independence leader in his trademark cotton dhoti, a project to grow the fibre in a way that causes less harm to the land is taking root.
Big corporate brands have formed a consortium to make cotton production sustainable, but they face huge challenges. If you speak to any business leader on sustainability these days, what's uppermost on their minds is the issue of scaling up.
The Sumangali Scheme in Tirupur and Coimbatore districts lures young girls – often minors and dalits -- from impoverished areas of Tamil Nadu to work in MNC garments-manufacturing units on the promise of nutritious meals, comfortable accommodation and a lumpsum payment.
Do you know what sort of "clothing footprint" you are leaving? Perhaps not. A clothing footprint is actually the effect of cloths we wear on our environment. The way we grow crops to make cloth, the process of manufacturing it, how it reaches us, how we clean our clothes in our daily life and finally, how they are disposed of all are taken into account.