8Moun­tains Goes Green

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De­signer la­bel wear 8Moun­tains, of Lau­toka, is go­ing green by diver­si­fy­ing into man­u­fac­tur­ing re­us­able items.

The con­tem­po­rary lo­cal fash­ion la­bel was es­tab­lished in 2009 by sib­lings Moira Solvalu, John and David Solvalu to show­case Poly­ne­sian and Fi­jian mo­tifs.

Re-us­able items

De­signer Ms Solvalu said 8Moun­tains ven­tured into re­us­able items be­cause it was af­ford­able for women. “When coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) hit Fiji, 8Moun­tains had be­gun the prepa­ra­tions of con­tin­u­ing busi­ness as usual de­spite the threat of slow­ing down busi­ness. “8Moun­tains de­cided to go ahead with the green sus­tain­abil­ity pro­gramme. “COVID-19 has re­ally opened many women’s eyes into look­ing at other al­ter­na­tives which are more eco­nom­i­cally suit­able for their bud­get,” Ms Solvalu said. The Lau­toka-based man­u­fac­tur­ing arm of 8Moun­tains makes re­us­able chil­dren and adult di­a­pers, san­i­tary cloth pads and masks. “We have a group of women work­ing for us who are from squat­ter set­tle­ments in and around the Lau­toka area,” Ms Solvalu said.

8Moun­tains work force is fe­male dom­i­nant, where two of its 13 em­ploy­ees are male, she said.

Smart choices

Ear­lier this year, 8Moun­tains was nom­i­nated a fi­nal­ist of the 2019 Fiji De­vel­op­ment Bank Na­tional Small and Medium En­ter­prise awards - Green cater­gory.

Through re­us­able items, 8Moun­tains is tar­get­ing all cus­tomers to cre­ate aware­ness on eco-friendly busi­ness man­age­ment.

8Moun­tains wants cus­tomers to make bet­ter choices in the way they shop.

Ms Solvalu said the choice boiled down to the type of fab­rics used in fash­ion­able items.

“Be­fore COVID-19, we tried to bring down our wastage to 10 cen­time­tres only.

“Dur­ing COVID-19, we were able to use all fab­rics that were left­over to make masks.”

Through such mea­sures, 8Moun­tains was able to meet its obli­ga­tion in the green sus­tain­abil­ity prom­ise, she said.

Ms Solvalu said COVID-19 gave the busi­ness am­ple time to make re­us­able items.

Or­ders can be made on the 8Moun­tains Face­book page.

Photo: 8Moun­tains

8Moun­tains’s green glam, part of its sus­tain­abil­ity prom­ise to pro­duce gar­ments us­ing fab­rics that are sourced sus­tain­ably, and pro­duced within an eth­i­cal process and of higher qual­ity to de­creas­ing their man­u­fac­tur­ing car­bon foot­print.

Photo: 8Moun­tains

Dis­pos­able di­a­pers that are maun­ufac­tured by 8Moun­tains.

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