Conventional Cotton has come under increasing scrutiny due to its requirement of large volumes of water and pesticide use. This causes harm to the workers and damage to the environment.

Organic refers to growing of crops where the use of synthetic pesticides are prohibited. Organic cotton is grown in innovative agricultural systems that work with nature, rather than against it. This promotes improved quality of life for people and the environment.
The Organic growing process uses 65% less water through irrigation than Conventional Cotton [1].

Our organic cotton fibre is sourced through the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to ensure it has been produced in an environmentally friendly way.

Our recycled cotton is from pre-consumer (factory cut offs) and post-consumer sources (collected textiles), but predominantly pre-consumer.

If you would like to read more on this reference, please follow the link below

1. Textile Exchange Organic Cotton Market Report 2014.


Manufacturing Process

After the cotton has been harvested the seeds are separated from the boll, its fibrous protective casing, using a machine called a cotton gin (this invention derives its name from the word ‘engine’). This cotton gin process cleans the cotton by removing any contaminants.

Once the cotton is cleaned it is transferred to a carding machine, the process of forming the cotton fibres into long strands. These strands are spun to create the yarn.

The process of recycling cotton includes breaking the fabric down into smaller pieces. This helps to clean and separate the fibres into strands that can be spun into a yarn, just like the process outlined above.

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Our organic cotton yarn is certified to

  • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

Our recycled cotton yarn is certified to the

  • Global Recycle Standard (GRS)

End of Life

At this present time we have not tested any finished products to determine its biodegradability and compostability.

We advise and promote the re-use of our products to help reduce the environmental impact we all have on the planet.

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