At Veshin, we envision a future where waste is a primary resource. We plan to develop a digitised / automated system tracking our entire supply chain, giving us real time data on material utilisation informing us where we need to improve, while simultaneously helping increase material reutilization.
Working closely with brands on take-back and lease programs would allow consumers to purchase new items without using any virgin resources at all. Our dream come true. This, however, would require a very specific commitment and collaboration between brands and consumers, which is out of our control. What we are able to do, is to make sure that we reduce, reuse and recycle all materials in the factory, as well as facilitate partnerships for upcycling, take-back and leasing programs.
In fashion, there are always issues with the prediction of order sizes and small mistakes in manufacturing, which cause huge amounts of materials being wasted. We collaborate with take back companies including Queen of Raw to resell any material we cannot use. For small pieces & offcuts we empower our staff to always think of more artistic ways to upcycle these scraps. Looking to the future, we are currently exploring digital fashion solutions and the metaverse as a means to grow Veshin while reducing sampling waste and consumption. Veshin will offer digital product development services such as 3D design and sampling, helping brands gauge interest and collect pre-sale orders prior to production.
In partnership with the local authority, which manages the waste in the area, we recycle 100% of organic waste, paper, plastic, and metal. We are researching innovative ways to use all our offcuts, such as using them for fillers in bean bags for our employees, or making key rings or small toys.
Broadly defined as the variety of all life forms on earth, biodiversity matters. Biodiversity loss and climate change are interdependent and mutually reinforcing - one accelerates the other, and vice versa. According to experts, most of the negative impact comes from three stages in the value chain: raw-material production, material preparation and processing, and end of life.
By eliminating the use of animal based products, we already widely support the fight against biodiversity loss, given that a large amount of deforestation happens for land use change for animal breeding and growing of feed.
Most of our management team has a design background, which is why we strongly believe in partnering with material suppliers to provide our expertise on final products, while giving feedback on the performance of materials to help these materials reach a wider audience.
We also try to advise our brands to use “next-gen” materials that are grown and dyed with minimal amounts of chemicals, and processed with less energy.
In addition to our internal activities, Veshin supports MareBlu in the development, design and construction of artificial reefs, which in time will promote and enhance marine life.
Our goal is to develop biodiversity and conservation programs using our 500 acre forest, enhancing the flora and fauna through regeneration activities.
Water is one of the most undervalued resources, and even though we don’t use it for production, we still need it for our employees’ and the cleaning of the factory. It is our goal at Veshin to minimise water intake and find innovative solutions on how we can reutilize it.
We currently use 2000 m3 of water/year for drinking water, toilets, cooking and cleaning.
We love to see that our staff is excited about water reuse. They collect all the water used for washing fruits and vegetables, and use it to clean floors. We are also working on solutions to collect rainwater, so that we can store it and use it for the dryer months.
One of the main issues with using leather is the vast amount of water that is required in the rearing of animals.
By using leather alternatives, the water impact is radically reduced.
Around 43% of the electricity we use in the factory comes from renewable sources. As the company grows, we want to make sure that this number increases, and that the impact per product is reduced, allowing for efficiency from scale.
We have a beautiful 500 acre forest that we are preserving for biodiversity and carbon reduction activities. With goals to have a positive climate impact, this forest was given to us by the Chinese government after proposing to restore it. As soon as Covid restrictions ease and we can move more freely, we will invest in regeneration projects and planting diverse flora.