All of our products are made from certified sustainable fibres which are produced ethically. All organic cotton products we sell are approved and certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard or GOTS to ensure they meet the highest international standards for production. Other certifications for sustainability and consumer safety across all fabrics include OCS 100 and OCS Blended, OEKO TEX, and REACH. Each item's product description details what fibres they are made from, which are described in more detail below.
Organic cotton is grown without GM seeds, without the use of haxardous polluting pesticides, insecticides or fertilizers, using best practice water management. It costs a lttle more to produce, which is mainly due to all workers being paid fair wages in safe working conditions. Cotton is alternated with food crops, giving farmers more diverse income while improving food security within the local community. Organic production preserves the soil, while conventional cotton production destroys it.
Linen is made from the cellulose fibre of the flax plant, and is a very absorbent fibre which makes it very cooling in hot weather. The products we sell are produced with minimal waste, using less energy and water than cotton, and the natural production methods used do not involve chemicals or cause harm to the environment. This gives our linen products a minimal carbon footprint.
TENCEL® is the lyocell (wood pulp) fibre developed by Lenzing, receiving the European Award for the Environment for its innovative used of a closed loop process which retains and recycles close to 100% of the solvents used during production, which makes it very environmentally friendly. It is a very soft, absorbent fabric, while also being durable, wrinkle-resistant and easy to maintain. It feels great against the skin, and even stays cooler than linen when the weather gets hot.
Modal® is an extremely soft fabric made from the fibre of sustainably harvested beech trees, using a highly efficient production process which generates its own energy and recovers a large proportion of the wood by-products. Lenzing's patented Edelweiss processing technology makes it very sustainable and eco-friendly. It is often blended with other fibres to provide a softer texture.
While polyester is an artificial fibre made from petrochemicals, the polyester used in fleece-style garments is sustainably made from recycled polyester and PET such as that found in plastic bottles, which would otherwise go to landfill. It is not biodegradable and the initial production process is harmful to the environment, but once it's been made it is better recycled than discarded. Polyester doesn't consume water for irrigation or occupy arable land, which helps to reduce it's environmental impact.
(PET is the abbreviation for Polyethylene Teraphthalate)