SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE & ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FABRICS

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SUSTAINABLE METHODS

Not only do we focus on buying environmentally and socially responsible fabrics, we also pay attention to the dyes used in our fabrics. The types of dyes used on our fabrics range from natural, plants and vegetable, environmentally friendly, procion low impact, and fiber reactive dyes.

We visit our manufacturers at least once a week to verify that they are continuing to adhere to our company’s Manufacturing Inspection Guidelines. These guidelines are in line with the principles described by the Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production website.

In addition to organic cotton, we use and are researching many possible environmentally friendly textiles. From Alpaca to recycled brass beads, we try to use materials that are eco-conscious. We focus on the impact that farming has on the environment, the toxicity of chemicals used in processing the fabric, and the lifespan of the textile once it has been cut into a garment. 

 

PANCHACHULI HANDWEAVERS

We also support artisans in various parts of the world. We recognize the unique craft of the skilled Panchachuli women handweavers.

"From raw materials to end product the process is in the hands of the people.

The story begins every year with the arduous trek to Tibet to source pashmina or the harvesting of oak silk and nettles by local villagers. These natural fibres are gathered and processed using traditional methods. Himalayan nettles grow in large quantities in the region and are collected in Spring.

The pashmina wool is separated by hand from the goat wool, then washed and carded by Scottish machines ensuring high grade quality wool. It is then hand spun using either a traditional takli or 'Ghandi spinning wheel', then knitted or hand woven and hand embroidered.

New Zealand lambswool is imported in hanks ready for dyeing. The dyes are made from indigenous flowers, leaves, bark and roots with the exception of Indigo which comes from Southern India. Hand dyed, hand spun, hand knitted and woven by the Panchachuli Women Weavers of Kumaon."

 

Learn more about some of the fabrics we use:

HEMP - ORGANIC LINEN - ORGANIC COTTON

HEMP FABRIC

HEMP FABRIC

Fabric: Indigo Chambray- 50% organic cotton / 50% hemp

Fabric: 55% hemp / 45% organic cotton

Raw Material Source: China, Turkey, India. 

The organic offerings are fully certified by IMO, Control Union, OCIA, NOP or Ecocert. 

Textile Source: China.

Dye: Procion low impact, fiber reactive dyes.

LOCALLY SOURCED ALPACA

Fibre: 100% Alpaca

Handloomed and locally sourced in Peru.

Alpacas are known for having low-impact on the environment. 

Textile Source: Peru.

ORGANIC COTTON

ORGANIC COTTON

BLACK: 95% organic cotton / 5% spandex

STORM: 50% organic cotton / 45% soybean / 5% spandex

STRIPES: 100% organic cotton

Raw Material Source: Organic Cotton: China, Turkey, India Soybean: China. 

The organic offerings are fully certified by IMO, Control Union, OCIA, NOP or Ecocert. 

Textile Source: China.

RECYCLED MATERIALS

RECYCLED MATERIALS

When possible we try to eliminate waste by upcycling our scraps and using recycled embellishments.

For example:

The weaving hand collaboration.

Our QUILT 1 & QUILT 2.

Our handwoven scarf with recycled brass beads.

 

PANCHACHULI HANDWOVEN FABRIC

PANCHACHULI HANDWOVEN FABRIC

Fabric: 100% Wool

Hand dyed, hand spun, hand knitted and woven by the Panchachuli Women Weavers of Kumaon.

(The wool is separated by hand from the goat wool, then washed and carded by Scottish machines ensuring high grade quality wool. It is then hand spun using either a traditional takli or 'Ghandi spinning wheel', then hand woven.)

Textile Source: New Zealand lambswool. The dyes are made from indigenous flowers, leaves, bark and roots with the exception of Indigo which comes from Southern India.

FAIR TRADE

FAIR TRADE

The distributer's management team visits our manufacturers at least twice a year, to verify that they are continuing to adhere to our company’s Manufacturing Inspection Guidelines.

These guidelines are in line with the principles described by the Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production website.

AMERICAN GROWN FIBRES

AMERICAN GROWN FIBRES

Fabric: 100% organic cotton

STRIPES: Raw Material Source: Texas. 

The organic cotton is grown by independent farms that are part of the Texas Organic Growers Marketing Coop.

Textile Source: Carolinas, USA. 

All knits are produced domestically by family owned mills, located close to the North Carolina headquarters.

HANDWOVEN FABRIC

HANDWOVEN FABRIC

Fabric: 100% organic cotton

Hand-woven by Brooklyn Weavers Guild at Weaving Hand using hand-cut fabric scraps from our Twist Dress

STRIPES: Raw Material Source: Texas

The organic cotton is grown by independent farms that are part of the Texas Organic Growers Marketing Coop.

Textile Source: Carolinas, USA

All knits are produced domestically by family owned mills, located close to the North Carolina headquarters.