Certified organic cotton requires farming without using pesticides, genetically modified (GMO) seeds, or synthetic fertilizers. This reduction in harmful chemicals and pesticides produces a more natural plant, contributing to the softness of the final product.
Our certified organic cotton yarn begins its’ journey on Indian farms where cotton grows on dry land, eliminating excess moisture retention and tendencies for fungus. These conditions lead to healthy growth. Organic farmers rely on crop rotation to replenish and maintain soil fertility. Mechanical cultivation and biological means are used to control pests and weeds.
Once the cotton is grown, it is picked. The organic cotton crop is then passed through a gin which separates the leaves and seeds, leaving only the cotton fibres (ginning). The ginned organic cotton fibres are packed into bales which are individually tested by an independent third party to confirm it meets quality and eligibility standards.
The organic cotton bales – now called lint – are transported to a spinning mill which spins the lint into yarn. Certton imports their certified organic yarns from India where it has undergone a process called ring spinning, the highest quality spinning process.
The organic cotton yarns arrive for knitting at our supplier's selected Australian manufacture. The knitting and dyehouse factory are located in Melbourne and certified by Australian Certified Organic. (ACO).
All colours have been hand dyed in Sydney using Certified Organic Herbs, Fruits and Spices with natural mordants like salt and vinegar to create beautiful natural colours . The only colour that isn't achieved through this process is our Black colour way, where in order to achieve true Black the material has been dyed following GOTS certified processes.
HANG TAGS & OTHER PRINTED COLLATERAL
All printed products are printed on 100% recycled stock that is Chlorine free, FSC certified and created using wind-power. Our hang tags are attached to the garment using 100% Certified Organic Cotton string with remnant safety pins.
Freight is minimised where possible, by using Australian companies and businesses thousands of kilometres of travel are reduced, ultimately reducing our carbon footprint.