Manimekala, a sustainability-focused brand, has been rated “Good” in our evaluation of its environmental practices, workers’ rights, and animal welfare policies. In terms of the environment, the brand stands out for its use of lower-impact materials, particularly organic cotton. However, there is no evidence to suggest that it is taking additional steps to reduce energy use or greenhouse gas emissions. On the positive side, the brand minimizes waste by reusing textile offcuts.
When it comes to workers’ rights, Manimekala receives a “Good” rating. The brand traces most of its supply chain, indicating a commitment to transparency. However, it lacks a formal Code of Conduct, which is an area where improvement is needed. Manimekala has partnered with a social enterprise in India that provides healthcare and training for women in its supply chain, demonstrating a dedication to gender equality. However, it is unclear whether the brand ensures that workers are paid living wages throughout its supply chain.
In terms of animal welfare, Manimekala is rated “Good.” While there is no evidence of an animal welfare policy, the brand appears to use silk and does not use materials such as leather, wool, down, fur, angora, exotic animal skin, or exotic animal hair.
Based on our assessment of publicly available information, we rate Manimekala as “Good” overall. The brand has made positive strides in several areas, such as its use of lower-impact materials and partnerships with social enterprises. However, there is room for improvement, particularly in regards to reducing energy use, implementing a Code of Conduct, and ensuring living wages for workers.