Health and ecology matter - cheaper, more, faster is not important in production.
Organic cotton used in production of clothes and bags our company sells comes from organic plantations in the region of India, where monsoon rains provide 95% of the demand for water. It is harvested by hand. Unlike conventional cotton, it has no contact with chemical fertilizers based on oil, pesticides and herbicides. Moreover, it does not contain fibres from genetically modified plants. No synthetic bleaching agents are used in the cleaning process. It is washed by hand and dyed with synthetic dyes by Dyestar that are accredited by OekoTex and REACH and meet the requirements of the GOTS standard. Organic cotton is anti-allergenic and safe for the nervous system of children.
Moreover, clothes sold by our company are produced using devices that reduce greenhouse gas emission. Energy used in production of our clothes is 100% from renewable sources - sustainable wind and sun energy. This allows reducing CO2 emission to 90% - which is confirmed by the Working with the Carbon Trust label.
The Working with the Carbon Trust label symbolizes reduction of carbon dioxide emission. It is a piece of information concerning CO2 emission in production.
More information: http://www.carbontrust.com
The entire organic cotton production process must meet strict requirements of the GOTS standard.
GOTS is considered the leading standard for processing of textile products made from organic fibres throughout the world. It provides textile products with an ecological status from the first stage of production which is acquisition of raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible production to labelling. It was established by the International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard (IWG), a working group bringing together organizations from Europe, the USA and Japan that are involved in certification and identification of environmentally friendly products.
It has strict environmental criteria: use of non-toxic and biodegradable additives (e.g. dyes, auxiliary agents and supporting substances), prohibition of use of toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano-particles, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their enzymes. It is verified by independent institutions that meet the IFOAM accreditation criteria or the ISO 65 standards. Audits, during which documents are controlled and production sites investigated (including unannounced inspections), are carried out at least once a year.
More information: http://www.global-standard.org
Soil Association Organic is a certificate for a product that covers the entire production process, from raw materials, through natural fabrics to ready-made clothes. If this certificate is present on a given product, it means that it meets the highest requirements for organic farming, animal welfare and environmental protection. These requirements were established by an independent British NGO - Soil Association. This organization was one of the founding members of the GOTS and its standards for textiles and clothes are equally rigorous. Inspections of crops, livestock and companies are carried out at least once a year. They are random and unannounced.
More information: http://www.soilassociation.org
Justice and dignity matter
Production of clothes and bags offered by our company is free from exploitation of workers. The process of cotton growth is carried out in accordance with the processes that occur in nature. It is not artificially accelerated, substances harmful to humans, such as chemical pesticides, are not used. Therefore, cultivation is safe for the health of workers and the environment. Employees are paid well for their work and, of course, children do not work on plantations - as it happens, unfortunately, in cultivation of conventional cotton. Organic cotton plantations are subject to constant research studies onto natural purity. This is ensured by the Fair Wear certificate.
The Fair Wear Foundation exists to promote fair labour conditions in the clothing industry. In accordance with ecological standards, farmers and agricultural workers are protected by stringent social criteria and the entire production process is carefully supervised and monitored. Using toxic pesticides and defoliants, which can seriously damage health of farmers and their families, in production is prohibited. The certificate ensures that employees are not forced to work, discriminated on sex grounds. Their employee rights are respected, weekly hours of work are adapted to EU standards. They are legally employed, which provides them with insurance and a fair remuneration. Moreover, the certificate guarantees children do not work in the company.
More information: http://www.fairwear.org
This international certification mark is a registered trademark in the European Union. The right of its use is granted by independent certification bodies, the so-called National Initiatives - members of the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), which control production and sales conditions and guarantee that products labelled wit the mark meet specific criteria of Fair Trade International defined by the FLO. These include, first and foremost, meeting the standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), equal rights for women and men, fair remuneration for workers and prices for products, well-specified environmental standards.
More information: http://www.fairtrade.net
Comfort and quality matter
Organic cotton is pleasant to the touch, durable, and breathable. Its fibres are not subjected to activity of chemical formulations, thus they are softer than conventional cotton and remain resilient and strong, resistant to stretching and durable in washing as in water they are 30% stronger than when dry. Clothes our company sells are perfect for those who love physical activity.
Prints on our clothes and bags are made over the screen printing method with odourless water paints that do not contain PVC and formaldehyde. They have soft surfaces and the structure of paint is almost imperceptible (the print feels "light" and does not stick to the skin during hot weather).
Every choice matters
Organic cotton growing takes more time and effort. It is continually subjected to research studies onto natural purity of raw materials, which makes it more expensive than conventional cotton. However, in return we get safety and high quality.
Every decision to purchase certified organic cotton contributes to improvement of the condition of the environment, health of people working on plantations and respect for labour rights.
The Clothes Matter Company undertakes steps to minimize the negative impact on the environment. Therefore, we carefully select materials used to produce our labels and packaging (they are sourced in recycling processes and/or suitable for re-use).