- Why is organic cotton better than conventional?
- Organic silk, what is worth to know?
- What is Lyocell?
- Organic garment. What should you know before you start to wear clothes made of natural fibres?
- Certificates and trademarks confirming the organic character of fabrics and production standards.
Why is organic cotton better than conventional?
Organic cotton is a fabric where natural methods are used in the production and cultivation process. The method of cultivating organic cotton, the type of plant protection and fertilizer used at the same time are safe for the environment, and thus for humans.
Do you know that before cotton receives an ecological certificate, the soil intended for the plantation is subjected to a 3-year quarantine, during which no artificial substances can go to it. And from the moment of sowing to the production of the finished product, everything is subject to strict quality control. Natural fertilizers and natural plant protection products that undergo natural biodegradation (for example garlic, alfalfa, chilli or neem tree extract) are used for cultivation. In the crops, no chemicals considered dangerous to the environment and humans are used. Cotton harvesting is done by hand, and only natural, certified, non-toxic dyes, e.g. clays, are used for dyeing. Therefore, the way of growing organic cotton is safe for the environment. Organic farming also allows significant water savings. The production of organic, certified cotton is also ethical - free from slave labor of children and adults.
Do you know that cotton cultivation occupies about 2.5% of the world's agricultural area, but its fields receive about 25% of insecticides and more than 10% of all pesticides used in the world. Why? Cotton as a plant is very susceptible to pest attacks and a lot of effort must be put in to protect it from them. You can do it in various ways - natural as in the cultivation and production of organic cotton or through the use of aggressive chemicals as in conventional cotton Cotton fibers from conventional crops are heavily contaminated and require intensive chemical purification before reaching further stages of clothing production. Finished fabrics and knits are treated with another synthetic chemistry - dyes (dyeing, imprints) and enriching agents (for example, minimizing crease, softening).
Choosing organic cotton in exchange for a higher price, we get much higher quality. First, more durability. Organic cotton fibers that are not in contact with chemicals are stronger, more resilient and resistant to stretching. The wet ones become more than 30% stronger than dry ones, so they can take a lot of washing without losing their properties or colors. Clothes will last longer, they will enjoy the eye in good condition longer. Secondly, the lack of allergic skin reactions. In the time of common allergies, this is the biggest advantage of organic cotton, which, when not in contact with acute chemistry and pesticides, does not irritate the skin, does not cause allergies or allergies. So organic cotton is healthy and safe.
Another plus is that we also support the fight against inhumane working conditions on conventional plantations and help save the environment. We say NO exploitation and environmental degradation.
Organic silk, what is worth to know?
Organic silk is the king of natural fibers. Adds a chic. In the summer gives a nice coolness and warmth in the winter. It is very nice and delicate to the touch. Our MAAM 6º silk B-shirt is made of 100% organic silk with a jersey weave. Silk "Organic silk Jersey 110" is produced in China, the country of natural silk. Silk "Organic silk Jersey 110" is GOTS certified. A certificate that confirms and guarantees its high quality ecological origin and humanity of the entire knitwear production process (from fiber formation through spinning, dyeing and weaving). All companies - links in the silk production chain are GOTS certified.
How is organic silk different from conventional?
First of all, the production process is environmental friendly, higher quality and durability of the yarn. Thanks to the ecological production process, organic silk yarn is much more durable than conventional. No harmful substances, chemicals and pesticides are used in the production. Working conditions throughout the production process are free of slave labor for adults and children. The production of organic silk meets all the ecological and social criteria of GOTS.
Choosing organic silk we get the highest quality, and additionally we contribute to the protection of the environment. We also support the fight against inhuman working conditions prevailing in conventional processes. We avoid harsh chemistry!
How to care for silk?
The manufacturer recommends first washing before using organic silk products. Thanks to this, silk fibers will become stronger and more durable. Silk should be washed gently, manually, in lukewarm water (30ºC), using mild detergents best intended for silk washing. In addition, from our own experience, we suggest washing after washing twice in the middle of the detergent, and a soft softening agent can be added to the last rinse. If we wash the silk fabric, the excess water should be gently squeezed out, and then the blouse should be dried in a lying state (not vertically and not on hangers!). Spreading the drying blouse, we give it the right - original shape, straighten the seams. On the other hand, clothes made of silk fabrics are best hung on contoured hangers with water and slightly beat (so that the fabric does not stick together). Thanks to this process, we avoid ironing! However, if you think that the shirt should be ironed, do it gently, the iron can not be too hot, do not press the fabric too much with an iron. Silk is like women, likes delicacy!
What is Lyocell?
Lyocell is a natural fiber made of wood cellulose, 3rd generation. The name Tencel is also used interchangeably. Lyocell is a unique material. It is extremely durable, hygienic and has antiallergic properties. In addition, its production is the most ecological of all, because during the process toxic substances have been eliminated, replacing them with organic ones (so-called NMMO) and using little water (260l / kg). Lyocell products do not actually have to be ironed. Perfectly straightens under the influence of body temperature. Clothing made of lyocell, composted, biodegradable in just 6 weeks! Lyocell combines the advantages of cotton and viscose. Lyocell fibers optimally absorb and evaporate moisture and regulate the temperature, making Lyocell suitable for every season, and in addition is very durable even when it is moist. It is also compared to silk because it heats in the winter and cools in the summer! Lyocell is perfect suited for clothing that will have direct contact with the skin. Thanks to its antiallergic properties, it is recommended for people with skin allergies.
Organic garment. What should you know before you start to wear clothes made of natural fibres?
Due to the organic production process, not using aggressive chemicals, standards have been adopted that organic fabrics can shrink to 5% in the washing process in water. What does it mean, a lot or little? For example, if the blouse has a circumference of 88 cm, according to the adopted production standard, after the first water wash it may be reduced in the circumference by about 4 cm, i.e. it may end up in the circumference of about 84 cm. It can happen, but it does not have to! Therefore, we recommend to follow the instructions for washing the products from organic materials placed on the maintenance labels located next to each of our products. The advantage of organic fibers is also that with each wash their strength is strengthened. In clothes made of organic fibers, the skin breathes freely and does not enter into negative reactions with the fabric. Such clothes are also recommended for allergy sufferers and children.
Certificates and trademarks confirming the organic character of fabrics and production standards.
GOTS - The Global Organic Textile Standards is the most important certificate in the field of ecological textiles and it means that the fabric is fully organic and meets the required standards, both in the production and processing, packaging and labelling of organic fibres (cotton, silk, flax, hemp) taking into account the ecological and social criteria. It was created by the international Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard (IWG) consisting of organizations from Europe, USA and Japan, handle with certification and labelling products bring environmentally friendly.
More information about GOTS can be found on the official site www.global-standard.org
Certificate Oeko-Tex Standard 100 - refers only to fabrics and is granted by the members of the International Association for Research and Development of Ecological Textile Products OEKO- Tex. The fabric that obtains the certificate, need not to be made of organic fibres, but his presence ensures that during his production the concentration of toxic substances was not used, additional harmful additives is so small that it does not endangers people in contact with it. Since 1991, the right to issue certificate also has Textile Institute in Łódź. https://www.oeko-tex.com http://www.iw.lodz.pl
Certificate Naturtextil - the German certificate ensures that textiles are 100% organic, produced without the use of chemicals, including dyes, created by workers that ensured the decent working conditions and pay.http://naturtextil.de