Washing like colors together not only prevents unwanted pink underwear, but it also keeps colors from fading. Nationwide, the organic apparel market is thriving , with high-end fashion designers joining with local, green boutiques to provide more options for organic clothes than ever before. Thankfully for New Yorkers, a number of brick and mortar New York City shops go the extra mile to stock items they work hard to make sure are truly the wisest choice for both their customers and the environment. Clothes for men and women have a downtown sensibility and are soft, light, comfortable and natural. Scale lends itself to the ability to make business practice more sustainable too, to use shipping instead of airfreight for example.
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Testimonials "Wonderful to read these things. The women cotton farmers of Orissa are looking for ways to keep their incomes steady and improve their position in the village. Violence against females in rural India is rife. Building small enterprises, while the ethical cotton markets grows, to keep them in their homes and their incomes steady, is a necessity for them. Cotton fields after the first harvest.
Cotton has two pickings a year here. Putting in bores for additional water and an extended growing season is an unsustainable solution. While the machinery looks pre-industrial , labour practices are not. As with the farming, at the ginning stage producers must adhere to an agreed set of labour standards including no child labour and are audited regularly to ensure compliance. While in many states child labour under 16 is prohibited, many farmers and factories ignore these laws.
After cotton seed is separated from the lint it is used to make cotton seed oil. There is very little waste in the ginning process. The pressed organic fairtrade cotton lint arrives in southern India at the cotton spinning and knitting mills.
First clean of the lint at the mill. This is the spinning stage. This is a knitting machine. Woven cotton fabric is produced differently, but the essence of production is the same. Knitted fabric is the stretchy stuff t-shirts and kids clothes are made from. The dying factories are mostly based in the same area as the final garment factories they serve so the travel is reduced. While the residual chemicals left on fabric from conventional dying processes are concerning, the biggest worry is the waste.
This waste is either pumped into local waterways dying factories are usually situated on rivers or into surrounding land where they will eventually leach into waterways. Highly regulated dyes free of heavy metals and carcinogenic chemicals are used in certified organic dying. Organic dyes are as rich in hue and as stable as conventional dyes.
Unbleached cotton waiting to be fed into the dying vats. Fabric in the dying vat. This factory dyes about 9 tonnes of fabric a day. Following dying, the fabric needs to be conditioned to make it soft and then dried. Dying complete the fabric gets trucked across town to the garment factory ready to be made into clothing. The organic dying factories have long standing partnerships with ethical garment factories usually to ensure a predictable and steady stream of organic dying.
The organic standards are expensive to adhere to so factories need to have a predictable level of work. Back at the garment factory the cloth undergoes it final transformation into clothing. So what differs in ethical clothing production during these final stages from conventional factories?
No children, no long hours, safety around large machinery, lunch and tea breaks, reasonable pay. Garments with patterns and designs then go to screen printing, which can be done by hand or by rotary screens. Following screen printing the cloth is cut into the specified pattern pieces, usually by a hand operated cutting machine.
In factories with a commitment to sustainability fabric scraps are usually recycled. The construction of the garment is carried out in mind boggling series of operations that to the average observer look all a bit the same, but clearly are not! Depending on where in India factories are located you may only see men in the more skilled roles. Under fairtrade there must be active movements made to address this regardless of the position of women within a local community.
Designers come to the factories each season to oversee and check on the garment sampling. This is their chance to talk with their manufacturers about conditions throughout the production chain.
However, the nature of Indian bureaucracy, a lack of regulatory bodies and out and out corruption mean these laws are not adhered to. Scale lends itself to the ability to make business practice more sustainable too, to use shipping instead of airfreight for example.
These are all small but important activities in the complex chain that is ethical clothing production. Through its partnerships with accredited brands it also helps make new sustainable clothing more affordable. Sales on the marketplace fund a micro finance scheme for women cotton farmers in India trying to pull themselves out of poverty. Keep up the good work! So when will you start selling the fair trade clothes? I have three constantly growing children…. Hey Georgina, thanks so much for being interested in what muka is doing.
Since our trip to india to talk with the fairtrade cotton farmers, our business model has changeda bit to make it easier to buy fairtrade and organic clothes from partners who already produce these clothes. Check it out here http:
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Synergy produces sustainable and GOTS certified organic clothing using only fair labor practices. We believe that women can look and feel their best when they know that their clothing has been produced with the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility. organic clothing We use only natural fibers and the softest of organic cotton. The highest of certification standards guarantee that no harmful chemicals ever find their way into your clothes. Organic Clothing Brands Sourcing organic cotton is a healthier, more eco-conscious alternative to non-organic materials. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides, fertilizers and GMO’s that are proven to harm the environment, farmers, producers and the consumer.