why we use high quality organic cotton

All our t-shirts are made from ring-spun combed organic cotton and our bags from a mix of recycled cotton/recycled polyester. For us it is very important that our products are made from materials with a smaller impact on our environment.

We work with white label brand Stanley/Stella for our t-shirts. They know very well what they are doing, and we love what they are doing. All the t-shirts we work with are made from organic cotton. 'Organic cotton is a natural, GMO-free fibre that uses less water than standard cotton. In addition, its production does not involve the use of chemicals (no fertilizers or pesticides) and encourages rotation of crops to keep soil healthier, more fertile and maintain humidity. Waste from the cotton ginning process is also recycled for the animal feed industry.'

GOTS certified

The products from Stanley/Stella are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified. 'The strictest certification for textiles made from organic fibres. GOTS tracks the entire chain of production from farm to factory: from harvesting of the cotton, weaving of fibres, assembly of items, to the final product before printing, including even the export of our clothing! It certifies that Stanley/Stella cotton is GMO-free and is grown without the use of chemicals and is processed and dyed without using any banned toxic substances. GOTS also ensures compliance with the labour standards of the International Labour Organisation throughout the chain of production.'

Recycled cotton and recycled polyester

'The Global Recycled Standard label certifies that the materials used are recycled: in the case of polyester, from plastic bottles, and for cotton, from cutting waste. GRS also guarantees compliance with social and environmental criteria such as treatment of waste water, the absence of certain toxic additives and respect for working conditions in our partner factories. The cutting of different pieces to make our products naturally produces scrap material. Since the idea of throwing this material away is out of the question, we have a partner who collects and recycles it into new cotton thread that we use in the manufacture of our tote bags.'

Ring-spun combed cotton

Not only is organic cotton better for the environment, our ring-spun combed cotton t-shirts are of very high quality. Most t-shirts that are sold as '100% cotton' are made from a less expensive, less refined open-end cotton, offering good value for a basic tee. Ring-spun cottons are smoother and stronger. They've been through a spinning process that softens and straightens each fiber. Another step up in quality is combed ring-spun cotton, which is even more refined. After the cotton fibers have been spun, they're combed to remove any impurities or imperfect strands.

If you treat your t-shirts well, don't wash them too often and if you do with an organic washing liquid, you'll be able to enjoy them for a long time! Check out here your next favorite tee!

Photo of cotton by Trisha Downing on Unsplash

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