Organic Info

All you need to know about our fabrics the Organic Textile Value Chain

Organic Fabric Truths

  • Organic fabrics, such as cottons, are grown without the use or genetically modified seed, toxic pesticides & synthetic fertilisers. The methods and materials used have no/very low impact in the environment.
  • Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilisers and build biologically diverse agriculture
  • The aim in the organic value chain is to eliminate chemicals at every stage, including dying so that water is free of harmful chemicals and can be recycled back into the earth

Conventional Fabrics Truths

  • Conventional cotton farming consumes approx 25% of global pesticides and fertilisers. Gradually fields used for cotton are rendered barren from the use of these harsh chemicals.
  • Due to the chemicals that are released back into the environment, they are absorbed by humans, animals and plants
  • The textile industry is the number 1 polluter of water worldwide
  • Disease rates correlated with chemical exposure are on the rise, including infertility, asthma, depression & anxiety, immune system suppression & genetic alterations

 

PhotoGanic | Organic Fabrics is a certified Organic Fabrics trader

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We are audited every 24 months by Control Union ensuring you the best quality Organic Fabrics.

This means that each link in the value chain, from non-GMO seed & farming practices, through to the spinning, the ginning, the weaving & knitting, the dyeing, the folding, rolling, the packing and the sending of the fabrics that we deliver to you, is ALL 100% Certified.

The organic value chain is one of transparency & integrity and it is vital that each link in the chain is audited and certified in order to ensure quality, environmental & social responsibility.

Please note that not all of our fabrics are GOTS certified.

Our Handloom range is made from 100% cotton, sometimes containing a small % of organic cotton in its composition, but not always. The ethical value of The Handloom range lies in the social upliftment of the weavers, gained through the handloom projects. This, as well as in the dyeing process. All the dyed Handloom fabrics are naturally dyed, using no chemical dyes or mordents in the process. Which we think is pretty much on par to organic cotton!

Some food for thought:
Whats worse for the earth, the water systems & our bodies?

The chemicals run off from the chemicals used in fibre production of the highly toxic run-off from the conventional dying process?

The debate is one that is ongoing…

 


Herbal / Natural Dying

The fabrics can be coloured naturally, using medicinally rich plants, minerals, fruits, seeds and roots. Bleaching is carried out using sunlight. Due to the fact that many of the herbs used for dying the organic fabrics are used for medicinal remedies, the fabrics hold medicinal values to some extent when worn or used

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Authentic Herbal / Natural Dye Process

Desizing
sea salt & water to remove gums & oils

Bleaching
direct sunlight, grass & manure to start

Mordanting
natural mordents No heavy metals like copper, chrome, zinc, tin etc.

Potassium aluminiumsulphate (salt) is a popular one

Dyeing
Herbs/ Minerals & fabric or yarn are immersed in baths

Finishing
sprinkling pure water & stretching on hand rolls

Recycling Plant
filtration of solid & liquid waste for use in farm lands

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GOTS LOW IMPACT DYES

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Low impact dyes, certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), contain no heavy metals. The bleaching agents contain no chlorine, no toxic dioxins, but use hydrogen peroxide instead. The fixing and finishing agents contain no silicone of formaldehyde all dyes are AZO free.
Conventional cotton is treated with a myriad of chemicals – silicone waxes, harsh petroleum scours, softeners, brighteners, heavy metals, flame and soil retardants, ammonia and formaldehyde – to name just a few!

GREIGE / NATURAL

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Greige fabrics are untreated, unprocessed, undyed, unbleached. It is also noteworthy to mention that due to the innate nature of the organic system in process there will be unique & infinite range of changes which will arise within the fabrics from seed to finished rolls.

Origin: 1925–30;  < French grège  (of silk) raw < Italian greggio (gray)

greige  (ɡreɪʒ)   — adj 1. (of a fabric or material) not yet dyed   — 2. an unbleached or undyed cloth or yarn   [C20: from French grège  raw]