Softer than conventional cotton and suitable for sensitive skin, the growing techniques of organic cotton uses less water, maintains soil fertility to build a biologically diverse agricultural cultivation. There is no use of pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms which are toxic and harmful to both farmers, consumers and the wildlife ecosystem. This helps improve the quality of the land, prevent water contamination and conserve biodiversity. The excessive use of chemicals in conventional cotton production has led to a great deal of environmental pollution and by producing organic cotton, it means the health and working conditions for the farmers is better. We source our cotton from a GOTS certified farm in India.
Silk is both insulating, breathable, skin-friendly for allergies and resists dirt and odor. We source our silk from a bio-dynamic silk farm located in the Sichuan province in Southwest China. A Swiss-Chinese venture which started the SABA project and was the first bio-dynamic silk project in the world and is the first and only company in the world providing GOTS certified organic silk.
The difference between organic silk and conventional silk is the food quality the worms consume, the better the food the finer the silk. They are fed organic Mulberry leaves which is an important part for the formation of the cocoon. Because of the bio-dynamic cultivation of the soil for the mulberry trees, the worms get a high quality diet without any harmful exposure. The worms are very sensitive and when pollutants and harmful chemicals are involved this not only weakens the worm but produces low quality cocoons.
Both our cotton and silk produces are committed to being heavy metal and toxic free using fibre reactive, low-impact dyes which are AZO free or other known toxic substances and do not require mordants.
Benefits of low impact dying:
- The absorption rate of low-impact dyes is at least 70% meaning less waste water runoff than conventional dyeing processes
- Applied at relatively low temperatures (30ºC compared to the 100ºC needed for direct dyes) saving energy and required controlled amounts of salt and alkali
- The water can be recycled
- The dye cycle is shorter than it is for other dye processes, meaning less water, salt and chemicals are needed