Mantis World wins Textile Exchange’s Ryan Young Climate+ Award

Mantis World’s founder and CEO, Prama Bhardwaj, receiving the award

Mantis World has been named as the winner of the Ryan Young Climate+ Award, in the category of climate leaders. This is in recognition of the brand’s work towards Textile Exchange’s Climate+ strategy.

Textile Exchange is a global non-profit organisation, dedicated to connecting brands, suppliers and retailers throughout the textile industry and helping them to understand the impact of their businesses on the climate. Through the sharing of vital data and encouragement of the use of preferred fibres, Textile Exchange has supported brands like Mantis World in their sustainability journey. Mantis World has been a member since 2008, and its founder and CEO Prama Bhardwaj also serves as the chair of Textile Exchange’s Pan-Africa Sourcing Working Group.

Created by Textile Exchange in honour of former chief operating officer Ryan Young, who tragically passed away in 2020, this annual award will recognise individuals and teams in the textile sector who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation. The Climate+ strategy offers a pathway for companies within the sector to achieve the ultimate aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45%, by 2030.

Mantis World was lauded for its ‘innovative, scalable, and transparent programs’ which demonstrate its overall commitment to meeting the Climate+ strategy goals. The introduction of the Impact Calculator, which shows wearers the positive impact of choosing an organic garment on the environment, is playing a key part in putting traceability and responsibility front and centre for their customers. Mantis World has also been recognised as a leader in the Material Change Index, the largest peer to peer comparison initiative in the textile industry. This index tracks the use of preferred fibres, such as organic cotton, as well as other key factors. Mantis World was given the highest score of 4 in 2020.

Prama Bhardwaj, CEO and founder, said: “We are honoured and delighted to have been selected as the winners of the Ryan Young Climate+ award. At Mantis World, we place fair and responsible practice at the very heart of our business, and are forever striving to do better. We are grateful to Textile Exchange for recognising our work in making transparency and impact savings accessible to all our stakeholders. Our own climate strategy was shaped by Ryan’s inspiring words back in 2019, and so to receive the inaugural award in his name is very humbling. We may be a small business, but we are demonstrating every day that nobody is too small to make a difference.”

This year’s winners of the Ryan Young Climate+ Award were announced at the 2021 Textile Sustainability Conference in Dublin, Ireland on November 16.

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