A few thoughts about the “fabric of our lives.” I’ve become intrigued with using more organic materials in my inventory. Today, Adam and The Bear features three different legging patterns made from organic fabric. I’d like to add more items as interest in these pieces increase. I’m no authority on organic everything, but it’s become a hot topic in the fashion industry of late and I have a few thoughts. All traditionally grown cotton certainly isn’t treated equally, but the industry has discovered some amazing benefits to using organic cotton.
What is organic cotton?
Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Much like organic produce, organic cotton begins with natural, untreated, and GMO-free seeds. The cotton seeds are planted in healthy soil and grown in an environment free of chemical insecticides and pesticides. The processing of the cotton plant into fabric is complex and requires the use of even more chemicals. The organic cotton processing is natural, and kinder, if you will, to both the environment and the factory employees.
The whitening, finishing, and dying processes of organic fabrics is done through toxic-free methods, using natural products like peroxide and natural dyes rather than the chemical toxins, and in some cases formaldehyde, used in conventional fabric production. Check out this denim dying process- True Blue.
Also like the organic produce industry, there are third-party certification organizations, such as the Global Organic Textile Standard, who verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown.
What about cost?
Just like organic apples at your local grocery store, organic cotton often costs more, thereby making the final piece you purchase a higher priced item. That said, if more consumers demand more products made in an environmentally friendly way, we’ll likely see a cost reduction over time.
Adam and The Bear is a company composed of ethically made products, it’s the cornerstone of our business, in fact. You will see more organic pieces from us down the road. I hope you research and decide for yourself if items made with organic material is important to you.