The Environmental Sustainability Award: Mantis World

Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award

 
Action and Impact
The fashion industry is commonly regarded as the second most polluting of sectors after the oil industry. The emergence of fast fashion has created a vast demand for cheap, disposable clothing which has a huge environmental impact – from pollution associated with production, to transport and waste. 
 
Mantis World, a wholesaler of unbranded clothing for other businesses to decorate with their own branding and designs, aims to address these issues, producing high quality, long-lasting garments, while maintaining ethical and sustainable practices throughout its entire production line. 
 
Using organic cotton as opposed to conventional cotton removes the need for heavy use of fertilisers and pesticides. Substituting conventional for sustainable fibres has similar environmental benefits in terms of carbon footprint, climate change and use of natural resources. The company has also reduced its water footprint by encouraging the use of rain-fed rather than irrigated cotton. The sales of garments consisting of sustainable fibres have increased by 75% from 2016 to 2017 and this year Mantis World has gone further by pledging to use only sustainable fibres by 2021.
 
“As a brand and manufacturer, we have an obligation to current and future generations to act responsibly in what we make and how we make it,” says Prama Bhardwaj, the company’s founder and CEO.