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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Cambodia 2018

Submitted by: Samatoa Lotus Textiles
The Eco-Textile Factory of the Future

Samatoa Lotus Textiles is a Cambodian social enterprise aiming to be the most innovative and socially responsible producer of Eco-Fabrics that support vulnerable women and their family in Cambodia. The fabrics created are made from vegetal wastes, spun and woven by hand, following the Khmer traditional methods, giving them unique texture and properties.

Initial situation
Although Cambodia is rich in natural resources, decades of war and internal conflicts have made it one of the less advanced countries in the world. Nowadays, its economy depends mainly from agriculture and textile industry. The textile sector is essential to the development of the Cambodian economy. This industry remains very fragile because it relies on cost competitiveness, foreign capital and generates a low added value.

Solution
The solution is to utilize waste lotus stems and vegetable waste to weave fabric. The company is also producing fabrics made from kapok and banana fibers. Samatoa Lotus Textiles is now building strong partnerships with other social enterprises and agricultural entities to valorize the wastes of its textile production by producing added-value products as organic lotus tea made from the petals and by developing agro-ecology practices; making compost and mulching from the rest of stems.

Innovation
Samatoa uses a vegetable waste which is the lotus stem while banana trunks and kapok fiber can be used too. Production of the textile does not use any source of polluting energy. Chemicals, toxic substitute and heavy metals is used in the manufacturing process of the textiles. The company’s model of Eco-textile’s Factory of the future aims to improve living standards and increasing family income within the supply chain.




Capital: Phnom Penh
Official language: Khmer
Total area: 181.035 km²
Population: 14.805.358
GDP/Capita/Year: $1.040
Source: Wikipedia 2012