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Mobilizing at-home garment workers to create ppe

We are working with a network of garment workers, who are suffering from loosing their jobs in factories, to produce PPE safely from home.

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We are working with our network of garment makers and garment workers in our community who have been affected by mass garment factory layoffs to produce PPE to serve the current PPE shortage in the US. By coordinating this large work-from-home effort, we can keep workers safe and provide them income. 

About tonlé: 

tonlé is a revolutionary zero-waste global fashion brand, making contemporary clothing from pre-consumer recycled textiles discarded by large manufacturers,  and using every scrap of our own, leaving 0% waste. We seek to radically reimagine the fashion industry with equity and justice for all involved. With our incredible teams in Phnom Penh and San Francisco we’ve built a supportive environment with sustainable and fair labor practices.

In doing so, in just one year we have saved 10,000kg of textiles, 70,000kg of CO2, 200kg of pesticides, and 46,296,600 gallons of water. And we’re just getting started.

What is the need are you focusing on?

We are addressing the critical shortage of PPE by producing hospital gowns, caps, and masks. 

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing an actual pivot your organization has already made

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

We are working with a network of garment workers, who are suffering from loosing their jobs in factories, to produce PPE safely from home.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

We will be able to produce at least 20,000 cloth masks in the next month as well several hundred hospital gowns. We are already producing for both donation and for sale. In doing so we are providing work to over 100 garment workers whose jobs were in jeopardy or had been lost due to the coronavirus outbreak.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Tonle Inc

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Website: tonle.com tonlé is a revolutionary zero-waste global fashion brand, making contemporary clothing from pre-consumer recycled textiles discarded by large manufacturers, and using every scrap of our own, leaving 0% waste. We seek to radically reimagine the fashion industry with equity and justice for all involved. With our incredible teams in Phnom Penh and San Francisco we’ve built a supportive environment with sustainable and fair labor practices. In doing so, in just one year we have saved 10,000kg of textiles, 70,000kg of CO2, 200kg of pesticides, and 46,296,600 gallons of water. And we’re just getting started.

What is your profession?

CEO and Creative director

Where are you located (country)?

Cambodia

Where are you located (region)?

  • South-eastern Asia

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Manufacturing

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 50-249

How old is your business/company?

  • 2-5 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Social Enterprise

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Loans
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • No

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

We are already implementing it but our resources have been severely limited due to the collapsing of the garment industry world-wide. Funding is our biggest road block at the moment.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

Many of the logistical structures we had relied on are changing (EG we are facing changing customs requirements from both the US and Cambodian sides) so we are having to adapt almost daily to new issues and challenges. But we are a smaller and more agile company, so we have more resilience than others.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

No

Website URL

tonle.com

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