Our Green Policy
We believe in protecting the environment, fair trade and a green policy. We employ various techniques to reduce our carbon footprint, lower carbon emission and ensure fair trade. Our manufacturers comply with the rules and regulations to ensure fair trade, fair wear, confidence in textiles, together with a desire to become a 100% organic and Ethical producer.
Many of our products are 100% organic, whilst the majority of others are 100% Tencel. We are setting the standards by which others should follow.
An Introduction to Organic Cotton
Organic means that the cotton is grown without the use of chemicals, and in manner which assists the ecological balance. Using natural repellants and generally hand picking, cotton growers who make the transition to biologically based growing practices not only to offer a healthier and cleaner product, but also they benefit the planet. Insect and disease control is reduced as long-term prevention of pests is achieved. This is put into place by utilizing beneficial habitat planting techniques. Surface water and groundwater is of a better quality, as contaminants are eliminated. This results in Organically grown crops yielding soils with higher organic matter content, thicker topsoil depth, higher polysaccharide content, and lower modulus of rupture; therefore reducing considerably soil erosion.
A further benefit of this type of cotton crop is that it allows farmers to grow food and keep animals close by, instead of being reliant on costly chemicals and fertilizers. As such they receive more for their crop and the input costs are lower. It’s all good.
An Introduction to Tencel
TENCEL® is the brand name for a type of lyocell. It is made from natural cellulose derived from wood pulp and manufactured in an eco-friendly closed loop system, using a solvent spinning process. This process is designed to minimize the environmental impact and make economical use of energy and water. Lyocell uses an amine oxide as a non-toxic solvent, which is continually recycled during the production process. Production plant emissions into the air from smokestacks and from wastewater are significantly lower in comparison to many other man-made fiber operations.
- Tencel is 100% Biodegradable and can be land filled, digested in sewage, incinerated or recycled.
- Suitable for individuals with sensitive skin and irritation free
- High tenacity and extremely durable
- Smooth, supple surface and soft to the touch
- Holds its shape well
- Quick drying
- Extremely absorbent (absorbs 50% more moisture than cotton)
- The fibrils it is composed from are hydrophilic and have excellent cooling properties so good for temperature control
- Inhibits bacteria growth and therefore considered a naturally hygienic fiber
- Static free
- It can shrink about 3% with initial washing
- An inherent tendency to fibrillate or “pill”
- Direct heat e.g. from a hot iron may scorch the fabric
If you require any further details please refer to these 3rd party websites –
http://www.oeko-tex.com Confidence in Textiles
http://www.global-standard.org Global Organic Textile standards
http://www.fairwear.org An initiative dedicated to enhancing workers lives
http://www.carbon-label.com - Help and support in reducing your carbon footprint