Within the Responsible Supply Chain Management of AYNI Design Lab we consider the following areas:
1. Energy used in the manufacturing process from the raw fibers to the finish goods.
2. Transportation of raw fibers from the countryside in Peru to the manufacturer in the Province of Puno, Arequipa, Huancayo and Peru’s Capital, Lima; Transportation of finished goods to our clients in Europe, The United States and Japan.
3. Methane emission from the alpaca animal – the source and the fibers.
AYNI Design Lab has signed the UN Global Compact Initiative and has already implemented several initiatives to reduce the climate impact of its operations.
ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN PRODUCTION
AYNI Design Lab’s main manufacturer in Peru uses natural gas to make heat and electricity to run all the machines. Although natural gas is not a renewable energy and does emit CO2, it has a much lower emission of CO2 than other fossil fuels like diesel or coal that are often used to make heat in industries. The electricity comes from the Peruvian electricity grid, which is 40% hydro and 60% thermal (mainly natural gas), two sources for electricity that Peru possesses in abundant quantities. Compared to most textile industries in the world, particular the Chinese, the energy sources used to manufacture AYNI Design Lab have a low climate impact. However, that does not mean that nothing can be done to reduce the climate impact further.
Further to using energy more efficient, AYNI Design Lab and the manufacturer will investigate the possibility of switching from natural gas to solar heating, thus reducing the climate impact much further. With a location near the equator at 4000 meters of altitude there should be good potential for replacing all the natural gas with zero emission solar energy.
TRANSPORTATION OF FINISHED PRODUCTS
The fashion industry works with very tight deadlines making it impossible to transport all goods by sea, but we strive to only send smaller productions by air. Production in Peru is for AYNI Design Lab a conscious choice in order to create growth opportunities for a country struggling with poverty and unemployment.
Therefore transportation of finished goods – in contrast to the transportation of raw materials – has to be done by air.
RAW MATERIAL PRODUCTION
AYNI Design Lab has in collaboration with the governmental organization PROM PERU and some of our main manufacturer started a long-term project initiative in order to achieve FAIR TRADE certification for a group of suppliers, which enhances the complete production chain and will focus on improving the situation from the shepherds who supply the raw fibers to the production conditions and management of costs and supplier/buyer relations. The goal is to achieve better working conditions and responsibility and transparency throughout the value chain.
We also hope that in the long-term perspective we will be able to achieve an organic and fair trade certification of the alpaca fiber. The project will among other things look at which initiatives and advice are needed in order to improve farmers’ earnings and working conditions. In this context, the emission of methane gases from Alpaca digestion will be analyzed and it will be investigated whether there can be actions taken that can either reduce methane emissions, and whether the lama excrement can be used for energy purposes. The transportation of wool from the countryside to the manufacturer in the city will be examined as well as the climate impact of this transportation and how it can be reduced.