SUSTAINABILITY

OUR CONCRETE SUSTAINABLE ACTIONS AND GOALS

We are a fair-trade accessories brand that stands for slow fashion and minimal negative environmental impact.

When we started Daiku last year, we have committed to being an organisation that resembles those who create it: its teams, clients and founders. What a joy it is to share with you today that in 2020 it will reflect more than ever our revolution- yours, ours, mine.

Our products that are always innovative, constantly more united and increasingly sustainable – what it should be. From a small unsure start-up, we have grown to be a brand proud of its origins and ethical credential. Both in terms of our production and its low carbon footprint, as well as our production partnership with indigenous Tampuan artisans and their job creation. As we navigate this very unusual year ahead, we use our strong commitment to our values and principles to ensure and further minimise our negative environmental impact and maximise our positive impact on local communities and the artisans.

By 2021 we will go even further. We leave you with this promise, to continue to do better than the day before because it is necessary – but it is above all the very essence of this adventure. Thank you from the bottom of our heart for allowing us to grow by your side.

Co-founders Fatima & Jitka

No. 1

100% of our weaving material is waste or surplus material from garment factories in Cambodia 

  • All weaving yarn is purchased from small scale local family businesses who buy and resell waste yarn from large scale international garment factories producing clothing for international brands.
  • Most of our orders are done in small batches of a single colour, using the last of the available material preventing it from going to landfill.

No. 2

99% of our production consumes ZERO electricity 

  • 100% of our weaving production uses ZERO electricity as the weaving is done in the traditional way, a centuries-old method by hand on wooden frames.

  • The only electricity used in the production process is by sewing machines used for stitching the leather attachment pieces. 

No. 3

Our production has a ZERO carbon footprint generated through commute to work

  • We have been able to eliminate all negative environmental impact generated through the transport of workers to their factories as all our production takes place in local communities in the artists’ homes.
  • One of the most significant safety and environmental issues connected to garment factories in Cambodia is the transportation of worker crowded, open-air trucks on dangerous roads with no enforced traffic laws, our artisans are safe as they all work from their own homes.

No. 4

100% plastic-free packaging

  • We either use no packing at all or only paper bags.
  • In preparation for our international shipping, we are at the moment seeking alternative plastic-free options for our postage… and hope to ensure that 100% of shipping boxes will be made from recycled cardboard and/or coming from sustainably-managed forests.

No. 5

In 100% of our supply chain, we pay fair wages to our artisans and staff

  • We have worked very closely with the artisan weaving group and our leather makers to understand how much each time and effort goes to making each handmade item to ensure that all to people engaged in our supply chain are fairly rewarded for the work they do.

  • Doing the training period, Daiku buys all products from the weaving artisan to support them and provide income during the process of re-adjusting their traditional weaving techniques to the specific requirements of the Daiku products.

No. 6

100% committed to preserving indigenous art and culture

  • Daiku team is passionate about preserving traditional culture and craft of indigenous communities in Cambodia and making sure that their craft provides empowerment and new opportunities for women artisans in the community.

No. 7

Supporting education for indigenous girls  in rural Cambodia 

  • Before we even made our own fist prototype, we already knew that Daiku needs to be part of the movement to support girls and young women in poor rural communities, where our artisan weavers come from. 

  • 15% of the sale of all Daiku products goes to Daiku Education Fund for girls that is used to provide teaching material and educational support for girls in the villages where our weavers come from. As a small start-up, our fund is small but with each purchase you make, we grow our impact for girls. Our dream is to provide university and higher education scholarship for indigenous girls to enable them to study in Phnom Penh and other provincial towns

  • In addition, $1 from each sale goes to the Tampuan Weaving Co-operative Fund – a social fund managed directly by the weavers themselves. As mothers, they are keen to use the money to support the development of their community and provide better lives for their children.

No1

100% of our weaving material is a waste or surplus material from garment factories in Cambodia 

  • All weaving yearn is purchased from small scale local family businesses who buy and resale waste yarn from large scale international garment factories producing clothing for international brands. 

  • Most of our orders are done in small batches of a single colour, using the last of the available material preventing it from going to the landfill.

No2

99% of our production consumes ZERO electricity 

  • 100% of our weaving production uses ZERO electricity as the weaving is done in the traditional way, a centuries-old method by hand on wooden frames.

  • The only electricity used in the production process is by sewing machines used for stitching the leather attachment pieces. 

No3

Our production has a ZERO carbon footprint generated through a commute to work

  • We have been able to eliminate all negative environmental impact generated through the transport of workers to their factories as all our production takes place in local communities in the artists’ homes.
  • One of the most significant safety and environmental issues connected to garment factories in Cambodia is the transportation of workers in crowded, open-air trucks on dangerous roads with no enforced traffic laws, our artisans are safe as they all work from their own homes.

No4

100% plastic-free packaging

  • We either use no packing at all, or only paper bags.
  • In preparation for our international shipping, we are at the moment seeking alternative plastic-free options for our postage… and hope to ensure that 100% of shipping boxes are now made from recycled cardboard and/or coming from sustainably-managed forests.

No5

In 100% of our supply chain, we pay fair wages to our artisans and staff

  • We have worked very closely with the artisan weaving group and our leather makers to understand how much time and effort goes into making each handmade item to ensure that all the people engaged in our supply chain are fairly rewarded for the work they do.

  • Doing the training period, Daiku buys all products from the weaving artisan to support them and provide income during the process of re-adjusting their traditional weaving techniques to the specific requirements of the Daiku products.

No6

100% committed to preserving indigenous art and culture

  • The Daiku team is passionate about preserving traditional culture and crafts of indigenous communities in Cambodia. Making sure that their craft provides empowerment and new opportunities for women artisans in the community.

No6

Supporting education for indigenous girls in rural Cambodia 

  • Before we even made our own fist prototype, we already knew that Daiku needs to be part of the movement to support girls and young women in poor rural communities, where our artisan weavers come from.  Still today, far too many girls get married before the age of 18 due to limited options, lack of aspirations and opportunities.

  • 15% of the sale of all Daiku products goes to the Daiku Education Fund for girls that is used to provide teaching material and educational support for girls in the villages where our weavers are from. As a small start-up, our fund is small but with each sale the amount of money grows and enables us to generate more impact for girls. Our dream is to provide university and higher education scholarships for indigenous girls to enable them to study in Phnom Penh and other provincial towns

  • In addition, $1 from each sale goes to the Tampuan Weaving Co-operative Fund – a social fund managed directly by the weavers themselves. As mothers, they are keen to use the money to support the development of their community and provide better lives for their children.

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Fair wages and economic opportunities for indigenous women artisans in remote Cambodia

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