The Ministry of Textiles has conferred Pratibha Syntex Managing Director Shreyaskar Chaudhary with Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award in the textile sector, in the category of garments and made-ups. He was awarded for his initiatives in the area of product innovation, process innovation, sustainability initiatives, and marketing and branding innovation.
With a motto of ‘minimise environmental impact and maximise social impact, Chaudhary ensured 100 per cent wastewater is recycled and 95 per cent of which is reused back to the system. Almost 90 per cent of the wastes generated in different processes are either recycled or reused. Cotton wastes are converted into stationery items for internal use.
“We have ensured 30 per cent of our power usage coming through renewable energy. Installation of biomass briquette boiler and plantation of three lakh trees resulted in significant reduction in GHG emission,” said Chaudhary on the processes adopted at Pratibha Syntex.
“Pratibha Syntex Limited has a deep concern for the people we have launched 'India of my dream' initiative to empower women residing in slums. Our Gyan Peeth initiative develops skills of local communities and provides them employment. Till now, more than 5,000 people are trained in yarn spinning and garment manufacturing. We have announced interest-free housing to fulfill the dream of associates and employees to have their own home, besides holding regular health check-up camps under the supervision of specialised doctors and counselors. To support the education of the children of employees and associates, a scholarship programme has been initiated,” he explained.
In association with C&A Foundation, Chaudhary established first certified C2C (Cradle to Cradle) garments, contributing towards the circular fashion. He initiated significant innovation in business practices, where a majority of our raw materials are sustainable, which includes sustainable cotton, recycled polyester, spun-dyed viscose, linen, tencel etc. Under his leadership, Pratibha Syntex achieved 90.5 sustainability score in Higg Index parameter for its main plant. The Higg Index, developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, is a suite of tools that enables to accurately measure and score a company or product’s sustainability performance. Chaudhary has promoted the company as more than responsible textile', which abides by sustainable development goals.