What are Organic textiles?
Environmentally friendly textile is made from organic materials and natural dyes to reduce pesticide and chemical use. These natural materials are usually long-lasting, and tend to get softer and more absorbent with each wash.
Why Organic textiles?
There is enough evidence here, here and here that shows how our bodies, our food get exposed to harmful chemicals that can sometimes be life threatening when exposed for sustained, long periods. The clothes we wear or the food we store in are some situations that Greener Grasses is focussed on where we or our food is in touch and presents viable, organic textile product choices. The biggest challenge is in finding genuine, certified, good quality organic textiles, grown from non genetically engineered seeds, grown and harvested in fields that are chemical pesticide free and instead organic/natural fertilizers are used. The cotton harvest is gathered by hand so that the highest-quality materials are obtained. Only the ripe cotton balls are picked. Harvesting, when done by hand, does not produce the pollution that machine harvesting does. In addition, harvesting by hand ensures that the cotton balls are free of dirt, which makes the cleaning process easier. Further, besides guaranteeing that the cotton produced is organic, the standard includes an audit of the working conditions in the yarn factory and verifies that child labor is not used, regular employment is provided, living wages are paid, working hours are not excessive, and working conditions are safe and hygienic.
Greener Grasses 100% organic textile collection comes in two ranges –
Completely organic. This means that not only are there no chemicals used in the farming and production of this cotton, but there have been none added in further processing either.
No colours (or only the safest, food-grade kind, like tea, coffee), so these can freely be used in the kitchen even where there is direct contact with food.
Mostly organic. Some trims, filling, or the colours used might be non-organic comprising a tiny part of the product.