Organic Cotton Processing

The mills producing fabrics for many of our products source organic cotton fibre from a range of countries including India, Turkey, Uganda, Kenya and Texas. The organic fibres used are certified by TDA, Skal or IFOAM accredited agencies, such as Ecocert, IMO and Agreco. All of the organic fabrics are produced from Certified Organic cotton and the complete recording of the movement of fibre through the fabric production process enables the mill to track finished fabric lots back to the certified organic fibre bale lots.

The following measures ensure that all of the fabrics are produced in full compliance with current Organic Fibre Processing Standards (both US and European).

Storage and pre-cleaning of the organic fibre takes place in a segregated section.

Organic fibre processing steps, such as opening, cleaning, drawing, etc., are done in batch mode with thorough pre-cleaning of all processing equipment involved.

Carding and combing are carried out in dedicated equipment.

Organic yarns are produced in an isolated ring spinning section, with a physical barrier to prevent cross contamination by other fibres.

Dedicated looms and knitters are assigned for 100% organic fabric production.

All organic fibre & yarn handling and transportation equipment is segregated by colour-coding.

Greige fabric doffed from the loom or knitter is marked for the date of production, machine number, piece length, yarn batch and other relevant technical data which allows complete tracking.

Cornstarch is used for sizing.

Softeners and surfactants containing prohibited materials, such as alkyl-phenol compounds, are not used in scouring and de-sizing.

Hydrogen Peroxide is used in the bleaching process instead of chlorine compounds.

Low Impact reactive and vat dyes used meet ETAD and Oeko-Tex 100 Standards for toxicity.

Azo and sulfa dyes are prohibited.

The recovery and recycling of chemicals (permitted under Organic Standards) are maximized.