09/08/2016 GoodWeave welcomes new partner with stellar commitment to sustainability
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Contact: Cara Hagan at Cara@GoodWeave.org or +1-202-234-9050
GoodWeave welcomes new partner with stellar commitment to sustainability
Washington, DC, September 8, 2016 – Fab Habitat, widely recognized for its sustainable practices and extensive collection of rugs made of recycled materials, has joined forces with GoodWeave to help put an end to child labor in the carpet industry. “Being part of GoodWeave just makes sense,” explains Suchin Gupta, who cofounded Fab Habitat with his wife Kanan Gupta. “It’s a way to make sure our product stays true to our values."/p>
Fab Habitat’s collection includes colorful rugs fashioned from inventive materials, such as recycled soda bottles, multi-colored drinking straws, recycled cotton and recycled rubber tire tubes woven into polypropylene. The Guptas are constantly exploring the use of new eco-friendly materials including renewable resources, such as fast-growing jute. The eco-friendly materials and practices are important, the couple says, but being ethical at every step of production is too. “We want to support the weaving community,” says Kanan. “Partnering with GoodWeave will help us with our mission, and our customers can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to help end child labor.”
GoodWeave is just as pleased with the partnership. “Fab Habitat’s corporate values are so aligned with GoodWeave,” says Nina Smith, founding CEO of GoodWeave International. “They’ve already pushed the envelope on environmental sustainability, and we’re proud to be able to ensure their products’ strong social standards, especially when it comes to child labor.”
About GoodWeave: Founded in 1995, GoodWeave is ending child labor by harnessing the power of the marketplace. The organization works at both ends of the supply chain – growing market preference for certified product in consumer countries and inspecting production sites along South Asia’s carpet belt. Any child found working is offered counseling, medical care, education and (if needed) a home – social programs supported by the sale of certified rugs. To date, GoodWeave has directly freed more than 3,600 children from labor on the looms, educated nearly 15,000 children, and improved the working conditions for 50,000 weavers in partnership with 140 import brands worldwide. On its 20th anniversary, GoodWeave announced a major expansion to bring its model to Nepal’s brick kilns and India’s apparel industry.