Our commitment to the planet
The fashion industry is facing a sustainability crisis. Every year, $500bn worth of value is lost due to clothing disposed - often unworn and not recycled. If things continue this way, the fashion industry will use 25% of the world’s carbon budget by 2050 (Source: Ellen McArthur Foundation). How did we get here? Two words - fast fashion. Brands overproduce, which leads to consumers buying more than they need. Unworn and unsold clothes end up in landfills. In the name of luxury and brand preservation, companies are burning their unsold inventory. This has got to stop. We can’t be destroying the planet in the name of style.
Tamarind Chutney was founded to be different. We’re here to show that it’s possible to be stylish while being environmentally thoughtful and in sync with the natural ecosystems we inhabit. We’re inspired by the principles of slow fashion and circularity - buying only when we need, and minimizing waste in our production and distribution activities.
Here’s what we do:
Small Batch Collections to avoid the fast fashion mentality of overproduction overconsumption and disposal
High quality products that last long
Responsible sourcing of raw materials. We use craft fabric handmade by our artisans - which is typically more resource efficient than factory production. For any plain fabric, we use surplus textiles from other factory floors
Eco-friendly packaging with no plastic, only waste cotton fabric and recycled paper
Sustainable Shipping to minimize our carbon footprint. We avoid air transport in domestic shipping. You might have to wait a couple of extra days to receive your orders. the planet thanks you for your patience :) For international shipping we are exploring carbon offsets
Zero waste ethos because waste is a design flaw, and use every last bit of our fabric - our accessories are usually made of waste fabric. It’s harder to operate like this because quantities are unpredictable, but it’s so worth it.
This list is always a work in progress - so if you have any suggestions on how we can improve, please send them our way.