How are we fulfilling 11 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations member states adopted a set of global goals known as Sustainable Development Goals to protect our planet, end poverty and ensure peace and prosperity by 2030. By doing so they set a benchmark in sustainable practices for businesses and people to follow.  The year 2016 marked the first year for the implementation of sustainable development goals.  At EcoRight, we had it in us to make the world a better place, be a little kind to our community and give them the best working conditions because we can.  The following year, when we set up EcoRight, our agenda was to grow an eco-friendly business while keeping the SDGs as our guiding light. This ensures that we create a truly sustainable business that is working towards the betterment of an inclusive future.  Since 2017, we have been trying to contribute our bit towards the 2030 envisionment of the UNDP. This includes 
  1. No Poverty– One in every 10 people is extremely poor. That makes for about 1.3 billion people living in abject poverty. Many are struggling with the most basic human needs.  One of the most important goals of the UN is eradicating poverty and we are on it. EcoRight has been providing employment to more than two hundred workers from the marginalized communities residing around the premises.
  2. Quality Education– Education is a fundamental right in India yet one in every 4 girls in India does not receive elementary education. EcoRight provides interest-free loans to the children of our workers to ensure they receive primary and secondary schooling. Education is one of the most powerful vehicles for growth and we are working towards providing easy access to education to our local community.
  3. Good health and well-being– About 400 million people have no access to basic healthcare. We are working towards achieving health-related SDGs by providing free medical health checkups for all our workers, something that they wouldn’t have been able to envision or afford. Our last checkup found that 10% of the workforce had high blood pressure that could end up causing them issues later. They’re all now on medication and recovering well.
  4. Gender Equality– One of the main goals of SDGs is ending gender-based discrimination. 90% of our workforce and 50% of our managerial staff are women. At EcoRight, we have equal opportunities and equal pay for the employees regardless of gender.
  5. Clean water and sanitation Single-use plastics are the largest pollutants after industrial waste and majorly contribute to water pollution. At EcoRight, our business is based on minimizing the use of single-use plastics by providing biodegradable and eco-friendly alternatives to plastic bags. By doing so we are helping improve water quality and encouraging people to use reusable bags thereby eliminating dumping of waste bags in water.Around 800 million people defecate in the open due to lack of proper sanitation and do not have access to clean drinking water. With clean premises, safe sanitation facilities for the workers and potable drinking water, we are ensuring safety and dignity for our workers.
  6. Affordable and clean energy– Energy is the main contributor to climate change and it produces around 60%  of greenhouse gases. Our manufacturing facilities are powered by solar power improving our energy productivity by almost 35%. The solar power facility at our premises eliminates the equivalent of 32 tonnes of CO2 annually!
  7. Decent work and economic growth– We have periodically scheduled training programs to impart necessary skills to the workers. Apart from this, we have devised clear sexual harassment policies for protection, prohibition, and redressal of sexual harassment at the workplace.
  8. Under industry, innovation, and infrastructure, EcoRight practices sustainable manufacturing with the latest technologically advanced machinery to minimize our carbon footprint. We are always experimenting with eco-friendly fabrics- one of our innovative fabrics include juton- jute+cotton. We have recently installed solar panels and equipment for rainwater harvesting at our premises. Our range of recycled cotton tote bags is made from discarded pieces of cotton/ cotton textile waste. We are currently experimenting with recycled polyester as a fabric for our bags.
  9. We are ensuring responsible consumption and production techniques by making people aware of conscious consumerism and sustainable practices through articles and other literature and substantially reducing waste generation through eco-friendly offerings that are in line with slow, ethical fashion.
  10. For us, climate action takes priority amongst all other SDGs. We have a symbiotic relationship with climate change and our entire work is focused on solutions to combat the climate crisis with affordable, reusable and eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic bags. From awareness-raising activities to offering alternatives to plastic bags, we are maneuvering people towards a plastic-free sustainable lifestyle. The world’s oceans make our planet habitable for humankind but marine pollution has taken a toll on our water bodies. The plastic problem has reached an alarming level with an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic to be found per square kilometer of ocean.
  11. Goal 14, life below water, of the 17 SGDs aims to protect our marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution. Which is exactly what we’ve been striving towards with our zero-waste alternatives to throwaway plastic bags. Apart from this, we are working to remove the plastic that is already lying around in landfills and our oceans by giving them a second life through our recycled polyester bags initiative.
Our focus area is to achieve these global goals and protect our planet. Know more about how we are prioritizing sustainability, action against climate change, and innovation. Write to us on [email protected]


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