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SOORTY'S

Sustainability Dictionary

 
 
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Access Economy

Airflow

The business model where goods and services are offered on the basis of access rather than ownership. Put simply, renting things temporarily instead of selling buying them permanently and providing access to them anyhow. Commonly interlined with sharing economy, Access Economy utilizes a technology platform, usually accessed via mobile phones as well as other devices to connect suppliers and consumers, reducing the need of intermediaries.

Inspired by tumble- drying, airflow helps control shrinkage levels of the warp & the weft of the fabric.
While soak and dry is the conventional method for shrinking the fabric, airflow is a unique, modern machine that skips the huge water baths and tanks, hence saving large amounts of water. Padding little amounts of water or a softener; and utilizing air circulation, the shrinkage levels after wash are minimized and garment production is easier to handle. 

Accountability

The acknowledgement of responsibility by an organization or individual for actions, decisions, products, and policies that it undertakes. All our actions have an impact on our planet. We, at Soorty, are dedicated to make ours positive.

Amni Soul Eco®

Bio-Degradable Nylon enhanced with a unique formula, which enabling garments to quickly decompose when disposed properly.

 
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B-Corporation

B Corps are third party certified businesses of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. Being a community B Corps drive a global movement using business as a force for good. 

Better Cotton Initiative

Found to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the industry’s future. 
Designed to ensure the exchange of good practice and to encouraging the scale up of collective action, BCI aims to make cotton a sustainable, mainstream commodity.

Biodiversity

Biological diversity of life on our planet; usually approached three levels: ecosystem diversity, species diversity, and genetic diversity. At Soorty, we have embraced responsible sourcing, manufacturing and management at the core of all our activities. Hence, protection of limited natural resources and biodiversity are strongly connected with our principles of sustainable development.

Bio

The prefix “bio” means life in Greek and is connected with life and living things.

Bio-based

Bio-based materials are those derived from biological or renewable resources; from living or once alive origins.

Biodegradable

Goods that can naturally break down in the environment with a limited period of time. All materials break down eventually, but some of them can take thousands of years and can release chemicals and harmful substances in the process while others that were designed and produced consciously have no damage on the environment.

Biofuel

Fuel produced by the chemical and/or biological processing of biomass

Biologically Diverse Soil

Biomass

The amount of living matter in a given habitat - i.e. the volume of organisms per unit volume of habitat. From an energy point of view; it is the matter (generally plant sourced) that can be converted to fuel and hence be regarded as a potential energy source.

The variety of living organisms that exist in soil interacting with one another. From plants to bacteria, fungi to earthworms and termites; the biodiversity forms a web of biological activity and is essential to both the environment and to agricultural industries. A teaspoon of soil typically contains a vast range of different species, up to 6 billion microorganisms - soil is by far the most diverse material on Earth.

Biomimicry

The amount of living matter in a given habitat - i.e. the volume of organisms per unit volume of habitat. From an energy point of view; it is the matter (generally plant sourced) that can be converted to fuel and hence be regarded as a potential energy source.

Blockchain

Digital ledgers recording transactions chronologically and publicly. It is composed of blocks - records of new transactions - that are added to the chain when completed, hence the name blockchain. Since blockchain avoids the use of middle men, and the information that is constantly being updated is stored, distributed & shared among players it enables users to reach, track and trace transparent information.

Brand Experience

Bioplastic

Plastics that are made or derived from biological materials and renewable feedstocks, such as starch, cellulose, vegetable oils & fats. Bioplastics may or may not be biodegradable as some are only partially biobased, containing both renewable and fossil based carbon; hence under which conditions they biodegrade can vary widely. Depending on multiple circumstances, the degradation times can differ from several days to several years.

Blow Room

The initial stage in spinning process that defines the quality of yarn.
Set of machinery connected to one another where bales are opened and different varieties of cotton are blended, removing seeds, dust and all impurities. Fibers are separated according to length size and mixed till a homogeneous level with unity is reached.

Experiences designed to deliver marketing approach that triggers a holistic set of powerful human feelings created by a brand to influence internal (employees) and external (customers and other stakeholders) on about a particular product or company name

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Carbon Dioxide

The most abundant greenhouse gas emitted from fossil fuels; gas with the chemical formula CO2.

Carbon Footprint

The quantity measure of greenhouse gases emitted. Involves sourcing of raw materials, manufacturing processes, transport, purchase and life cycle of items with consideration to the greenhouse gasses produced as well as the intake of food and natural sources.

Carbon Neutral

Activities and measures where the net carbon input of organizations, individuals, societies, etc are the same as outputs. For example, assuming there is a constant amount of vegetation on the planet, burning wood will add carbon to the atmosphere and the total carbon being emitted and restored will cycle back, balancing each other out.

Carbon Offsetting

Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases via different projects and carbon trading schemes.

Cellulosic Fiber

Being used in a wide range of different fabrics, from denim or corduroy to muslin or organza; cellulosic fibers are structured from cellulose, a starch-like carbohydrate. 
Natural cellulosic fibers are cotton, hemp, linen, bamboo. Man-made cellulosic fibers are produced by dissolving natural materials such as cellulose or wood pulp and include lyocell and rayon (viscose, modal, viscose filament, Cupro). Sustainable cellulosic offerings include ECOVERO™ viscose, TENCEL™ modal and TENCEL™ lyocell, TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ lyocell by Lenzing. 

Circular Economy

The alternative to the traditional linear economy (‘make, use, dispose’) in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, the maximum value extracted from them whilst in use, and then products and materials recovered and regenerated at the end of each service life.

Circular Production

Circular Design

Design has a vital role and is at the core of a circular economy. Circular design is found on the principles of designing cycles in which resources are continuously cycled in various forms, following a reuse and recycle loop and hence avoiding resources to go to waste. 

Production based on the principles of circular economy with mechanisms that run with a closed loop mentality, avoiding waste with regards to one process’ output gets to become an input for another one and hence requiring no new material extraction from the planet.

Circularity

The approach of designing and producing goods that can be repaired, remade, reused, repurposed and eventually recycled or biodegraded at the end of their life cycle. Processes and products that waste no more.

Clean Development Mechanism

Defined in the Kyoto Protocol (IPCC, 2007) CDM allows emission reduction projects in developing countries to generate Certified Emission Reduction credits (CERs) each equivalent to one tonne of CO2, which may be traded in emissions trading schemes.
The mechanism stimulates sustainable development and emission reductions, while giving industrialized countries flexibility in how they meet their emission reduction limitation targets.

Clean Water

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As the UN explains: “Clean water is a basic human need,that should be easily accessible to all. There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. However, due to poor infrastructure, investment and planning, every year millions of people die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.” Clean water is water suitable for drinking, free from harmful microorganisms and substances.

Climate Jeans

Soorty’s SS2021 collection dedicated to our beautiful planet and the climate emergency. From responsible resourcing to conscious manufacturing, fabric / article names to collection spot, all details have been brought together with references to the climate change to increase awareness and precision towards the issue.

CO2 Emission

Carbon dioxide (CO2) makes up the vast majority of GHG emissions - responsible for about 3/4 of global warming - with smaller amounts of other gases like methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) contributing. These gases are released through our daily activities - individually and industrially - and create a big threat to our future as they warm our planet. Being colorless to the naked eye, CO2 is opaque to infrared radiation in the atmosphere, it acts as a blanket to slow the loss of heat from Earth into space.

Clean Energy

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Energy that is collected from renewable resources which are naturally replenished. Examples are sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat.

Clean Indigo

With studies pointing out man- made indigo is produced utilizing “aniline”; we started searching for innovative methods to purify this extra substance from the equation. Partnering up with Archroma on the world’s first clean liquid indigo, we offer a unique, aniline free indigo dyeing technology. 

Climate Action

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The stepped-up efforts to reduce GHG emissions, strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-induced impacts including: climate-related hazards, integrating climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning; and improving education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity with respect to climate change.

Climate Change

Climate change is no longer an issue of debate but a fact of reality. Within the current scenario, the global consumption and production rates can only be used as a source of power if we, collaboratively change for better. 

Closed Loop

Sustainable economic system, where the inputs used to create a product are the same as its end-of-life outputs. The zero waste approach hence completely reuses, recycles or composts all materials.

Code of Ethics

Defines the values and responsibilities that the company recognizes, accepts, shares and adopts both inside and outside the company - within a framework of fair competition, honesty, integrity and good faith, in respect of the legitimate interest of all its stakeholders including the customers, employees, shareholders, and communities.

Cogeneration

The simultaneous production of electricity and heat, energy, from the combustion of the same fuel source.

Collective Impact

Cross-sector coordination to bring about large-scale social change.

Compostable

Collaboration

The act of working with someone to produce something. Collaboration among different brands and industry players with shared values, goals and work ethics not only eases things out as joining forces will enable the amount of work done by one to be shared but also increases the impact as the audiences interfere. 

Compliance

Being a certain treaty / agreement / certification / assurance compliant means you are verified to be successfully bringing out all your responsibilities in that issue.

While biodegradable materials return to nature and can disappear completely, compostable materials leave behind a humus full of nutrients which is great for plants and the soil. In short, compostable products are biodegradable, but with an added benefit. 

Composting

Biological decomposition of organic materials with oxygen that yields to emission of CO2, heat, and organic residues that may later become soil additives.

Condensate Recovery

When steam transfers its heat in a manufacturing which is necessary to run all production processes, it reverts to a liquid phase - condensate - which is not simply a bi-product or an output for us but also a source of energy, that is brought back in the loop to activate further coming processes. 

Consumer Behavior

Conscious Consumerism

The increasing wave of conscious consumer behavior where the customer is aware of the environmental and social impacts of purchasing a certain product that was not produced responsibly. The conscious consumer is careful to sustain businesses as well, yet purchases items that answer guidelines of responsible manufacturing and avoid contributing wasteful or harmful processes.

Marketing science that studies individuals, groups, or organizations and all the activities associated with the decision making, purchase, use and disposal of goods and services, including the consumer's psychological, emotional, mental and behavioral responses that precede or follow these activities.

Consumer Democracy

Coolmax® EcoMade

Designed to improve breathability and performance, COOLMAX is widely used in the denim industry as denim is a big part of our daily-active lives. Soorty proudly uses COOLMAX ECOMADE - made from 97% recycled resources like plastic bottles - to produce fabric that moves moisture away from the skin and helps keep the wearer cool, dry and comfortable for longer. 

Consumers using their economic capacity to promote values in the link between supply and demand to generate goods and services that are produced, provided, distributed, marketed and taken care of in approaches that reflect their social and personal values.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Core Treatment

Automation powered solution for increased efficiency in laundry, creating both uniform and contrasting effects, bringing out the full potential of the garment. Drastically reduces water use, and enables us to create special dyes with extremely low environmental impact - i.e. a 1:1 liquor ratio. 

A business framework that prioritizes people, societies and the planet as much as its profit. Aims to develop and sustain businesses that have a positive relationship with the societies/environments in which they operate in.

Cradle to Cradle

Cradle to Grave

Accounting for the impact of producing a product, from creation to end use. It is a linear flow: ‘take-make-use-throw away’

Product designers, manufacturers and brands around the world rely on the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard as a transformative pathway for designing and making products with a positive impact on people and planet. 
Soorty’s C2C GOLD PRODUCT RANGE is a design system for developing sustainable products based on circular design. It improves the way of MAKE.USE.RE-USE of things, recognizing biological & technical reutilization of denim fabric; as we intend to make our impact on human society and the planet a positive one

Crowd Funding

The joint effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually online, to support a wide variety of activities including start-up company funding, disaster relief and campaigns. For many social enterprises the traditional funding models no longer exist, so crowd funding is an access economy mechanism establishing or fundraising social/environmental activities.

Cruelty Free

Usually referencing to animal welfare, and a product being free from animal testing.

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Denim Curiosity Table

The Denim Curiosity Table is Soorty’s easy going display of responsible manufacturing intending to create an easy to follow journey of denim manufacturing experience for visitors. The different stages of denim production - materials, and manufacturing methods from cotton flowers, to spinning, yarns to fabric, the different treatments all the way towards finished garments and recycling - are showcased with clear and easy to follow description over a mobile-set up that can be displayed over any table.

Desertification

Degradation of land in arid, semi arid and dry sub-humid areas resulting mainly from human activities as well as climate change - which again, is mainly sourcing from misbehavior of humans.

Design For Purpose

At its core, design is about improvement and making things better. Design thinking is the key to developing goods that allocate and utilize correct resources efficiently. Designing for positive impact means creating models and strategies that consider sustainability, supply chains, working conditions and the post product life cycle of equal importance to aesthetics, profit and growth.

Design Thinking

Design thinking is the key to developing goods that allocate and utilize correct resources efficiently. 
Considering that the life cycle of a product begins already when being designed, at Soorty, we consider design for purpose a tool for improvement.

Developing Countries

Digital Denim Garment

Development of a country is measured using a mix of economic factors - i.e. income per capita, GDP, degree of modern infrastructure, industrialisation degree, proportion of economy devoted to agriculture and natural resource extraction - and social ones - i.e. life expectancy, the rate of literacy, poverty.
The UN’s Human Development Index (HDI) shows a strong correlation between low income and high population growth. In developing countries, there is low per capita income, widespread poverty, and low capital formation. In developed countries there is continuous economic growth and a relatively high standard of living.

Pioneering the denim industry, Soorty has collaborated with The Fabricant - Amsterdam based digital fashion house - on The World’s First Digital Denim Garment. Using the digital craftsmanship and uniquely crafted engineering techniques, the collaboration is not wasting any material and using solely data. 

Digital Fashion

Technology and fashion walk hand in hand as we discover the future possibilities and design for the days to come. Digital fashion is the interplay between technology and couture, the visual representation of imagination of clothing built using computer technologies and 3D software.

Diversity

Understanding, recognizing and respecting that each individual is unique. With individual differences of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, culture, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies, we are all different and unique. We come altogether in harmony to form our planet.

Drought

Drip Irrigation

Water shortage relative to availability, supply and demand. One of the big threats of the climate change.

A type of micro-irrigation system with a potential to save water and nutrients by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants. By allowing the water directly to fall on the root, evaporation is minimized.

DuPont™ Sorona®

First fiber representing a shift from oil-based materials to bio-based; 37% renewably sourced from industrial corn that is not edible by humans. Delivers good stretch, recovery and shape retention in a soft and smooth hand feel. 

Dyneema®

Dyeing

Dyeing is the application of dyes or pigments on textile materials such as fibers, yarns, and fabrics with the goal of achieving color with desired color fastness. What gives our beloved blue jeans its color is indigo - originating from the Indigofera plant. While indigo is one of the oldest dyestuffs still in use today, natural indigo is not the most sustainable alternative to color our blue jeans as synthetic versions offer a much bigger affinity and absorption, resulting with much less use of inputs including water and energy.

Ultra-strong fiber that provides a remarkable improvement in tensile & tear strength, ideal for functional clothing. Fabrics made with DYNEEMA® are made to last longer.

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E-cycling

Recycling / repurposing electronic waste.

E-flow

Conventionally, water used to be the carrier of chemicals to the garments, going to waste at the end of every cycle, still containing the chemicals within. With the new technology of E-flow by Jeanologia, we use the air that surrounds us as the carrier which homogeneously transmits the recipe to the garment; meaning no water waste, and no chemical discharge. 

Eco-

A prefix which is commonly added to many words these days indicating a general consideration for the environment and the planet. e.g. ecohousing, ecolabel, ecomaterial.

E-waste

Electronic waste - especially mobile phones, televisions and personal computers.

Earth Overshoot Day

Hosted and calculated by Global Footprint Network, Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when we, humanity, exhaust our natural resources’ budget for the year. In other words it is when ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what our planet can regenerate in that year.
In 2020, Earth Overshoot Day falls on August 22, more than 3 weeks later than last year. COVID-19 caused our footprint to contract, showing that change in consumption in a short timeframe is possible. However, true sustainability can only be achieved by design, not by disasters.

Ecological Footprint

Eco-friendly

Literally meaning earth-friendly - in other words, not harmful to the environment.

Ecology

The impact of a person, community or industry on the environment - measured as the amount of land required to sustain their use of natural resources. As a sustainability assessment, the simplest way to define ecological footprint is the amount of the environment necessary to produce the goods and services necessary to support a particular lifestyle.

The study of living organisms and their relationships to one another and their environment - study of processes regulating the distribution and abundance of organisms; the ecosystem structures and functions.

Ecosystem

Economic Growth

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Increase in the amount of goods and services produced per head of the population over a period of time. SDG 8 of 17 promotes sustained, inclusive & sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

A dynamic complex of plant, animal and microorganism communities and their non-living environment all interacting with one another as a holistic, functional unit.

Education

Efficiency

Denoting the ratio between inputs and outputs, efficiency is a vital first step towards sustainability since it improves performance and reduces costs, waste and pollution.

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The process of teaching or learning, and the knowledge that you get from this. SDG 4 of 17 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Effulent

A discharge or emission of liquid, gas or other waste product.

Emissions

The production and discharge of something from a source - especially gas, energy or radiation.

Energy Efficiency

Using less energy to provide the same or more level of energy service; sourcing from the consciousness of limited natural resources, integrating technology and the dedication to do more with less with know-how to make the most of what is limited.

Energy Recovery

The productive extraction of energy, usually electricity or heat, from waste or materials that would otherwise have gone to landfills as waste.

Environment

The external conditions, resources, stimuli etc. with which an organism interacts.

Energy

The capacity, strength and vitality required for a sustained physical or mental activity. May exist in various forms like potential, kinetic, thermal, solar, electrical, chemical, nuclear, heat and others. Energy can be neither created nor destroyed; only changed from one form to another. This is known as the conservation of energy and the first law of thermodynamics.

Energy Management

Well-planned actions and strategies aiming to reduce energy use with regards to limited natural resources and climate emergency via simultaneously reducing costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Environmental Impact

Any change and affect on the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, as a result of activities, products, or services.

Environmental Impact Measurement 

Introduced by Jeanologia, EIM is a software developed to measure the environmental impact - water, chemical and energy consumption as well as worker health - for garment finishing. Monitoring and measuring the impact enables to identify areas of improvement and define actions to be more sustainable.

Environmental Movement (Environmentalism)

The diverse scientific, social, and political movement advocating the responsible and sustainable management of resources and stewardship of the nature via changes in public and individual behaviors. In its recognition of humanity as a participant in ecosystems, the movement is centered around ecology, health, and human rights.

Environmentally Friendly

Literally meaning earth-friendly - in other words, not harmful to the environment.

Ethics

Erosion

Displacement of land (sediment, soil, rock and other particles) mainly due to external agents of currents like earthquakes, wind, water, or ice by downward or down-slope movement in response to gravity or by living organisms.

Derived from the Greek word ethos which can mean custom, habit or character, ethics are set of moral principles that govern a person's behavior, concerned with what is good for individuals and society.

Eutrophication

An increase in chemical nutrients, typically compounds containing nitrogen or phosphorus, in an ecosystem.

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Fair Trade

An alternative to conventional trade, based on a partnership between producers and purchasers of products. Ensures that farmers and workers get a fair share of the benefits of the trade, allowing them be economically safe. A percentage of the commodity price goes into community development projects in the farmers’ community.

Fast Fashion

Design, creation, and marketing of clothing fashions that emphasizes making fashion trends quickly and cheaply available to consumers - while the intention of development of the concept might be accessing wider audiences the impacts on the planet, societies and future is undeniable.

Fashion Revolution

A global movement to encourage a fashion industry that values the people, environment, creativity and profit in equal measure. It was born on 24th April 2013, when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed killing 1138 people and injuring many more. Fashion Revolution owns a Fashion Revolution Week taking place every April, and promoting the #whomademyclothes campaign.

Finished Garment

Apart from washing and cleaning, finishes do not necessarily involve wet processes. In certain cases, applying different finishes can bring along additional functions like water or dirt repellency, moisture management, laser touches, no-wrinkle, etc.

Fiber

Thin thread of natural or manmade substances that are significantly longer than it is wide. Spun together to make yarn, which will be woven into fabrics and used to make textile products.

Fiber to Jeans

Soorty's concept on a closed responsible and sustainable denim production journey. Being Pakistan’s largest vertically integrated denim company, we are able to offer complete visibility and transparency through the supply chain.
Owning our own spinning units, denim mills, recycling plants, apparel manufacturing factories and R&D Lab comes along with different advantages. Being able to manage, monitor and optimize all processes from spinning to garment finishing allows us to sustain quality, that comes along with increased efficiency and offering speed to market solutions.

Finishing

Variety of processes that help convert the weaved denim fabric into a state where it will be used. The applications performed depend on the look, performance, hand and feel desired.

A key and lock innovation by Soorty Enterprises. Developed in NASDA Innovation Lab and scaled up in Soorty Denim Mill & Soorty Garment Factories.

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Forestration

The act of planting or cultivating forest growth on areas that either had forest or lacked it naturally. 
Being highly threatened by water scarcity and climate emergency, Pakistan is very committed to going green and has an initiative called the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Programme - an ambitious forest restoration project aiming to restore the environmental strength while fighting climate change. ⁠During the pandemic, the government approached forestation very creatively and hired daily workers who were laid off as a result of COVID19 during the pandemic, and offered them jobs of planting trees. 

Future Possibilities

Soorty’s on and offline communication platform aiming to build a transparent dialogue between different layers of the supply chain. Future Possibilities originates from three main principles: transparency, two-way communication, and collaboration. On the online level it serves as an open source library with inspirational stories and know-how on how denim can be responsible, on the offline level travels around the world with presences in different occasions like pop-up activations, events, festivals and exhibitions to reach stakeholders. 

Footprint

The impression left behind - by humans, companies, industries or governments. With regards to sustainability and responsibility, it refer to physical footprint, environmental footprint, water footprint, carbon footprint etc.

Forest

Area covered with trees and undergrowth. As well as providing timber, food, fuel and other bioproducts’ resource and supporting the livelihoods of millions around the world, forests also store carbon, preserve soils and nurture a diversity of species, they help cleanse / purify water and air, and maintain wildlife habitat. Forests are our essential weapons fighting climate emergency in our days forward.

Fossil Fuel

Being the world’s primary energy source, fossil fuels (coal, oil, or natural gases) are formed in the earth from organic material like plant or animal remains over the course of millions of years. Burning of fossil fuels are responsible for a big portion of greenhouse gas emissions which eventually warm up our planet.

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G2 Dynamic

The G2 Dynamic technology of Jeanologia uniquely replaces the use of many chemicals and water that are conventionally involved in the mercerization of the fabric with the ozone gas that surrounds us, adopting the technology radically lowers the environmental impact. 

Gender Equality

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Equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender, including economic participation and decision-making; and valuing different behaviors, aspirations and needs equally, regardless of gender. While gender equality unfortunately is not yet a fundamental human right, it should be. SDG 5 of 17 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls in the world. 

GOTS

Global Organic Textile Standard is the standard by which fibers, fabrics and textiles are approved and verified of being made from organic origins. Only textiles made of at least 70% organic fibres can be granted as GOTS certified.

Genetically Modified

Altering the genetic makeup of an organism externally via genetic engineering to produce a desired characteristic.

Global Citizens

People who are aware of the wider world - understanding they are simply part of an entire ecosystem. They take an active role in their community, and work with others to make our planet more equal, fair and sustainable

Globalization

Expansion of interactions to global or worldwide scale; increasing interdependence, integration and interaction among people and organizations from around the world. A mix of economic, social, technological, cultural, and political interrelationships.

Green Design

Environmentally sustainable design.

Green Building

Architectural design that moves towards self-sufficiency sustainability by adopting circular metabolism.

Energy that is collected from renewable resources which are naturally replenished. Examples are sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat.

Green Energy

Green Power

Electricity power generated using clean, renewable energy sources (such as solar, wind, biomass and hydro power) and supplied through the grid.

Greenhouse Effect

The insulating effect of atmospheric greenhouse gases that raise our planet’s temperature and leading to the climate change.

Greenhouse Gases

Gases that absorb infrared radiation emitted from Earth’s surface and reradiate it back to Earth’s surface, and hence contribute to the warming up of the climate by creating a greenhouse like effect. Carbon dioxide, methane, and water vapor are the most commonly found GHGs. Human activities since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution have caused a radical increase in GHG emissions.

GreenScreen® Chemicals

A globally recognized tool that identifies hazardous chemicals and safer alternatives by an assessment designed to identify chemicals of high concern and safer alternatives. It is used by industries, governments and NGOs to support product design and development, procurement, and use.

Greenwashing

The practice of marketing goods in a way that misleads the consumer about its environmental impacts. It is unfortunately quite common in our industry to use sustainability as a marketing tool, as we sadly see the word sustainability lose its value yet with the digital era rising and the conscious consumer demanding more and more information to trace and track their goods because they want to know the environmental impact of their purchases, we hope it will evolve into a genuine approach at the core of every business rather than being a trend.

 
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Habitat

An ecological or environmental area that is inhabited by a particular species.

Heat

Energy coming from the motion of molecules; a form of energy into which all other forms of energy may be degraded.

Health

The state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential for sustainable development. Currently, the world is facing a global health crisis like no other — COVID-19 is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy and upending the lives of billions of people. Before the pandemic, major progress was made in improving the health of millions. SDG 3 of 17 aims to promote this.

Herbal Indigo

Designed for Soorty’s innovative journey towards the fully responsible denim, Herbal Indigo extracted
from the Indigofera plant - recognized as true indigo - preserves the aesthetics of denim heritage with environmental positive impact since it avoids the release of extra COD and BOD caused by the synthetic indigo dyes. 

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Hunger

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HIGG Index

Developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Higg Index is a set of tools that enables brands, retailers, and facilities to measure and score a company or product’s sustainability performance at any stage of their sustainability journey. It delivers a holistic overview empowering businesses to make meaningful improvements that protect the well-being of factory workers, local communities, and the environment.

With +250M people potentially at the brink of starvation, swift action needs to be taken to provide food and humanitarian relief to the most at-risk regions. At the other side of the coin, a huge amount of food is being wasted everyday as a result of irresponsible production and consumption. SDG 2 of 17 aims to increase agricultural productivity and sustainable food production which are crucial to help fight hunger.

 
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Indigo+

When Sodium Hydro Sulfide is as a reducing agent for indigo in Rope Dyeing;
it increases the COD and BOD load of the waste water, affecting the marine life negatively. Indigo+ is Soorty’s salt free indigo dyeing technology designed to cure this. 

Industrial Agriculture

A form of modern farming that involves industrialized production of livestock, poultry, fish, and crops; answering mass needs in speed.

Industrial Revolution

Period of major industrialization and innovation that left a profound impact on how people lived and the way businesses operated taking place during late 1700s and early 1800s.  The transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new manufacturing and production processes, use of steam and water power, development of machine tools and mechanized factory system.
The textile industry was also the first to use modern production methods. All this change, obviously, paved the way to the systems we use in the modern world today which have a direct impact on of the environment and our future.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. With over half the world population now living in cities, mass transport and renewable energy are becoming ever more important, as are the growth of new industries and information and communication technologies. SDG 9 of 17 aims to promote sustainable industries, and inves in scientific research and innovatio to facilitate sustainable development.

Inequality

Social inequality is the existence of unequal opportunities and rewards for different social positions within a society. While Universal Declaration of Human Rights ensures all humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights, there unfortunately are inequalities across societies and SDG 10 of 17 promotes reducing inequality within and among countries.

Innovation

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Application of solutions that better meet requirements, unarticulated or existing market needs by introducing new ideas, creative thoughts or new imaginations in form of devices, process or methods.

Panel established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and the UN Environment Programme to provide the scientific and technical foundation for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), primarily through the publication of periodic assessment report.

 
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Kiss Roll

Kyoto Protocol

Instead of dipping the fabric in big chemical tanks and drying the water amount to the level it actually requires later, we use eco- applicators which only pad the necessary amount, saving up a vigorously high energy and water consumption. 

International agreement adopted in December 1997 in Kyoto, Japan. The Protocol sets binding emission targets for developed countries that would reduce their emissions on average 5.2 percent below 1990 levels.

 
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Landfill

Laser

Solid waste disposal in which refuse is buried between layers of soil, a method often used to reclaim low-lying ground. The word is sometimes used to refer to the waste itself.

LED Lighting

LED lightings support sustainability in several different ways - they use less energy than other types of light bulbs and creating less demand on the natural resources, create less heat loss compared to other bulbs that waste most of the energy they consume, they do not contain harmful chemicals like mercury, are durable and last longer meaning a considerable waste reduction and are made of recyclable materials which can be re-introduced to the system when disposed properly.

Life Below Water

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The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. How we manage this vital resource is essential for humanity as a whole, and to counterbalance the effects of climate change. Goal 14 of the 17 SDGs - Life Below Water - aim to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean acidification.

"Denim, being a live canvas, has always been, and will always be a part of our culture. The number of raw denim enthusiasts cannot be underestimated; yet vintage & faded jeans are the very signatures of denim that has been worn, and loved. Traditionally these looks were achieved with harsh chemicals and heavy washes that threaten not only the environment, but also the employees working with them. Soorty offers a variety of laser friendly fabrics and worn-in finishes that help achieve the desired result
by eliminating the use of PP spray, massive amounts of water, energy and chemicals while providing realistic results in automation. "

LEED

Being certified with LEED is a mark of quality and achievement in green building - an independent third party verification of its green features, allowing for resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy and cost-effective environment. LEED benefits the people, planet and profit. 

Life Cycle

All stages of a product's development, from raw materials, manufacturing through to consumption and ultimate disposal.

Life on Land

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Lifespan of Products

The time interval from when a product is sold to when it is discarded. Lifespan of products highly depend on their ingredients and manufacturing methods which define their durability and quality. Trends and consumer habits also have a big role on it as they reflect on how well a product is taken care of. Decreased lifespan of products is a direct threat to our planet as they add on to landfills, increase waste and eventually mean more new resources to be extracted.

Human life depends on earth as much as the ocean. Plant life provides 80% of the human diet, and we rely on agriculture as an important economic resources. Forests cover 30% of Earth’s surface and  provide vital habitats for millions of species. As important sources for clean air and water, forests are also crucial for combating climate change. Goal 15 of the 17 SDGs - Life on Land urges us all to take action to reduce the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity.

Linear Economy

Limited Resources

Our lives are built on systems that make use of resources, which are mostly natural and limited, meaning they will eventually run out. An emerging solution is to embrace the principles of a circular economy which aims no further waste, and realizing one industry’s waste as another one’s input and hence needing less and making more of what is limited.

For a long time, our economy has been 'linear'. This means that raw materials are used to make a product, and after its use any waste is thrown away exhausting natural resources not only by contributing to landfills but also the need of extracting new resources every time a new product is needed. Circular economies on the contrary follows the 3R approach: reduce, reuse and recycle which make more and better use of what is limited and eliminating waste.

Living Wage

A fair salary or compensation that allows the people, the heroes who actually make things happen, to earn a decent salary and not remain trapped in poverty. 

LYCRA® T400® EcoMade 

Low Liquor Washing

Dramatically reduces the amount of water required and brings the liquor ratio down to unparalleled levels, UP is a game changer in garment laundry. It works with a continuous, regular flow of water system constantly being injected to the machine, which is recovered and recirculated; saving water, energy and time while increasing efficiency. 

Generally used for comfort stretches, T400 is generally preferred for its performance on low fabric growth and shrinkage and a long lasting shape retention. At Soorty we use T400 Ecomade, where 65% of fiber content comes from recycled plastics and renewable plant-based resources.

 
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Man-made

Microplastics

Not natural, synthetic. Product of chemical synthesis, generally to imitate a natural product. 

Man-made Fibers

"Fiber produced with various processes (chemical, physical) set-up. 
Man made cellulose fibers include lyocell and rayon (viscose, modal, viscose filament, Cupro) which utilize natural cellulosic materials (wood pulp, cotton, etc) as the source material.   Man made synthetic fibers include polyester, polyamide (nylon), etc which use mainly synthetic raw materials from petroleum oil."

Being the second most demanded material in the textile industry after cotton, polyester is a man-made fiber that requires huge water & chemical consumption. Polyesters break up into micro plastics that are invisible to the naked eye, entering water channels, lungs of marine animals, eventually ending up in our systems too.

Minimalism 

There is no “one size fits all” definition to minimalism.

Minus Zero Waste

Marine Life

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The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. How we manage this vital resource is essential for humanity as a whole, and to counterbalance the effects of climate change. Goal 14 of the 17 SDGs - Life Below Water - aim to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean acidification.

The textile industry is a polluting and dangerous one; serving as one of the main reasons of landfills. Innovation and technology brought together with authentic, sincere willingness to do good is what is going to take us there. At Soorty, we work towards Minus Zero Waste and strive make our impact on our planet a positive one. Day after day we seek alternatives to make more and better use of the limited resources we have, because we don’t have a planet B.

Modal®

"Rayon was the first regenerated cellulosic fiber after cotton; modal is known as the second generation rayon developed in early 50s and is 100% biodegradable. At Soorty we use Lenzing’s spun-dyed modal fiber, producing fabrics in different colors with a natural comfort, smoothness and versatility. "

 
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Natural Resources

New Plastics Economy

Naturally occurring substances that are considered valuable in their relatively unmodified (natural) form.

Nearshore Manufacturing

Cost effective way to manufacture in neighboring countries for easy distribution, skilled labor, trade benefits, and financial stability. It basically works as offshore practices while enabling competitive advantages of similar time zones and geographic proximity.

Initiative of more than 850 organizations coming together for a common vision & targets of a circular economy for plastic. Aiming to fight our currently incredibly dangerous plastic problem, new plastics economy envisions a future where plastic never becomes waste or pollution with the principles of circular economy. In short the system 1- eliminates all problematic and unnecessary plastic items, 2- ensures all plastics in use reusable, recyclable, or compostable and 3- circulate all the plastic items in the economy and out of the environment.

Nylon

NGO

A not-for-profit or community based organization.

Nylon is a thermoplastic silky material used in textiles desired mainly because of its functions like retaining shape, drying quickly, thermal insulation and abrasion resistant. Conventional nylon takes years before it even begins to break down but there are much more sustainable options available on the market with radically lower environmental impact.

 
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Ocean Acidification

Reduction in pH in waters caused by the uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Organic

Derived from a living organism.

Organic Cotton

Grown with methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment, without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming.

Overproduction

Overconsumption

When resource use is outpacing the sustainable capacity of the ecosystem. An extended pattern of overconsumption leads to environmental degradation and possible loss of limited resources. 
Overconsumption generally is linked to the human overpopulation - the more people there are, the more consumption of materials extracted from Earth to sustain their lives. However, there are multiple other factors influencing our mpact on the planet besides simply the number of people, our lifestyles being number one.

Production of more than is demanded by the market or needed - impacts our planet and future by adding up to the pollution problem as what is not utilized gets to be wasted, ending up in landfills. In addition, overproduction causes extra stress on Earth since it literally means extracting more material than what is needed for no return or value while the processes involved include outputs of GHGs, waste water, energy use, etc.

Overshoot

Growth beyond capacity -  ecological deficit occurs when human consumption and waste production exceed the capacity of the Earth to create new resources and absorb waste. During overshoot, natural capital is being liquidated to support current use so the Earth's ability to support future life declines.

Ozone Treatment

Uniquely replacing the use of many chemicals and water that are conventionally involved in the mercerization of the fabric.
The ozone machine takes the air from the atmosphere and transforms it to ozone. Inside the tumbler, this helps achieve target effects using what is already in the air that surrounds us; and nothing more.
Replacing the mercerization process with ozone gas instead of the use of chemicals and water radically lowers the environmental impact. 

 
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Partnerships

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The SDGs can only be met if we work together. International investments and support is needed to ensure innovative technological development, fair trade and market access. To build a better world, we need to be cooperative. SDG 17 of 17 aims to strengthen worldwide partnerships.

Peace

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Peace is