Embracing the Future of Sustainable Fashion for Kids
Infantium Victoria, a pioneer in sustainable fashion for kids, has always been committed to maintaining the highest ethical and environmental standards. In March 2023, Dinie and Julia visited Fabstract, our new partner, to learn about the exciting developments at the Green Factory. This state-of-the-art production facility is revolutionizing the way our clothes are produced, setting a new standard for eco-friendly manufacturing. In this article, we'll explore the many green initiatives that make the Green Factory a game-changer in sustainable fashion for kids.
Harnessing the Power of the Sun and Clean Energy
At the Green Factory, solar panels supply 50-60% of the energy requirements. The remaining energy comes from non-polluting pipelined natural gas gensets, minimizing the factory's carbon footprint. The factory's commitment to clean energy was worth the 9-month wait to install the pipelines.
A Water Positive Factory: Recycling and Reusing Water
The Green Factory is proud to be a water positive facility, achieving 100% water recycling through the following methods:
- Effluent Treatment Plant: Separates soap and detergents from water used in wash processes, recycling the water for lavatory purposes.
- Rain Water Harvesting: Pits along the factory's borders/sides recharge groundwater, while panels on the third floor collect rainwater for reuse.
- Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant: Filters out contaminants and recycles water, with a capacity of 1,000 liters per hour.
- Sensor Water Taps: Reduce water usage in toilets by spraying water instead of a continuous flow.
Innovative Electric Grid System and Eco-Friendly Batteries
The Green Factory's fully automated electric grid system eliminates the need for human intervention. In case of power cuts, the factory relies on solar power, and if necessary, a Lithium Ion Battery Pack - the most environmentally friendly battery energy source available.
A Clean, Healthy Workspace for Workers
To protect workers' health, a vacuum system installed beneath the factory's basement immediately sucks up dust and fluff from knitting machines. This investment ensures a clean environment and reduces workers' exposure to airborne contaminants.
A Serene and Green Workspace
The Green Factory's unique design includes an Atrium/Garden in the basement, providing workers with a peaceful, green view to enjoy during breaks. Additionally, the architectural design allows sunlight to enter through all-around glass panels, reducing the need for artificial lighting and further minimizing energy consumption.
Efficient Temperature Control and Noise Reduction
The Green Factory employs several methods to control temperature and noise levels, including:
- Thermotech Tiles: High albedo finish tiles keep the factory 6-8°C cooler during hot months, reducing the need for air conditioning.
- Double Glass Panels: These insulate the factory, keeping it cool in the summer and reducing noise pollution from outside.
Fair Wages and Improved Quality of Life for Workers
The Green Factory pays its workers living wages and is currently revising its survey report to ensure continued fair compensation. Through this year's Fairtrade Premium, workers received refrigerators, inverters, and water purifiers, as chosen by the workers themselves.
Certifications and Commitment to Sustainable Fashion for Kids
The Green Factory is GOTS Certified and will soon be Fairtrade Certified, demonstrating its unwavering commitment to sustainable fashion for kids.
As Infantium Victoria continues its partnership with Fabstract at the Green Factory, we remain dedicated to pushing the boundaries of sustainable fashion for kids. Our commitment to ethical and eco-friendly practices ensures that we create not just beautiful clothes but also a positive impact on the environment and the lives of our workers.
Ongoing Research and Development
At the Green Factory, we continually invest in research and development to explore new eco-friendly materials, processes, and technologies. This ongoing innovation allows us to stay ahead of the curve in the sustainable fashion for kids industry.
Collaborative Approach to Sustainability
Infantium Victoria believes in the power of collaboration to drive positive change. By working closely with our partners, we can share knowledge, ideas, and best practices to create a more sustainable future for the fashion industry and the planet.
Educating and Inspiring the Next Generation
As a leading brand in sustainable fashion for kids, Infantium Victoria is committed to educating and inspiring the next generation to be environmentally conscious consumers. By sharing our story and the green initiatives at the Green Factory, we hope to foster a greater appreciation for eco-friendly practices among children and their parents.
Giving Back to the Community
Infantium Victoria and the Green Factory are dedicated to supporting the local community through various initiatives, such as job creation, skill development programs, and community outreach projects. We believe that a thriving, sustainable future for the fashion industry is built on strong relationships with the communities in which we operate.
Infantium Victoria's Vision for Sustainable Fashion for Kids
The Green Factory is an embodiment of Infantium Victoria's vision for a sustainable future in the fashion industry. By embracing innovative green initiatives, prioritizing worker wellbeing, and fostering a spirit of collaboration, we are leading the way in sustainable fashion for kids. As we continue our journey with Fabstract, we remain dedicated to creating clothes that are not only stylish and comfortable but also kind to the planet and its people. Together, we can make a difference for future generations, one fashionable, eco-friendly garment at a time.
Our first line of products in collaboration with Fabstract is already at our webstore. Discover our new Basics line here