WHY DO FABRICS MATTER?
Organic and sustainable fabrics are important because they are grown in a way that lessen the use and abuse on our planet. They replenish and maintain soil fertility, build biologically diverse agriculture, and use far less water. Organic crops do not use pesticides, insecticides, herbicides or GMO's. These toxins are harmful for farmers, workers, consumers, and entire wildlife eco-systems. Non-organic and non-sustainable fabrics (specifically standard cotton) use more insecticides than any other crop in the world. It's estimated that each year cotton producers use as much as 25% of the world's insecticides and more than 10% of the world's pesticides. These chemicals can be deadly and poison farmers all over the world, as well as factory workers that have to breathe in the fumes. According to the World Health Organization, up to 20,000 deaths each year are caused by pesticide poisoning in developing countries. In the USA alone, more than 10,000 farmers die each year from cancers related to such chemicals. By buying and supporting organic and sustainable fabrics, you are helping make positive changes in our local communities and around the world.
The Belgian Linen I use is a beautiful, strong, and long lasting fabric that gets even better with age. It is grown and produced in Europe, and meets the highest environmental standards because it is inspected, treated, dyed, and washed in the USA (California specifically). Linen is naturally eco-friendly, sustainable, and significantly better for the environment than conventional cotton, yet it is two to three times stronger. Made from the flax plant, a crop that requires very little pest-controlling chemicals, linen is the oldest natural textile fiber. Linen is great for children and adults due to its non-allergic features. In addition to this, linen is the most suitable fabric for hot climates because of its cooling and refreshing effect and ability to absorb moisture.
The hemp I use is organic, and sustainably grown and harvested. It is manufactured following strict fair trade practices; employees are well trained, safe, paid fairly, and are provided health insurance, sick and maternity leave benefits. No child labor is used. The dyes used are low impact, fiber reactive dyes. These dyes are nontoxic, safe, eco friendly, and require only low temperature water processing. Hemp grows extremely fast in any kind of climate. It does not exhaust the soil, uses little water, and requires no pesticides or herbicides. It’s considered one of the most versatile, sustainable and strongest plants on earth, and only gets better and softer with age.