We work with four textile companies to supply our organic fabrics. Two of them are woman owned and operated, and all are based in the USA. The main fabrics we use are organic hemp and organic cotton. Hemp is a fast growing, earth friendly crop that uses less water, requires little to no fertilizers and chemicals, and helps regenerate the soil. Organic cotton is non-GMO and is grown without chemical insecticides or synthetic fertilizers. These practices help waterways stay clean, natural habitats for plants and animals to remain intact, and an overall healthier planet.
Why Organic? 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.
What are Low Impact Dyes? Low impact dyes have been classified by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 as eco-friendly. They do not contain toxic chemicals or heavy metals, require less water, and have a higher absorbency rate into the fibers, creating less waste in the dying process.