We LOVE illustrating pretty designs and producing top quality fabrics BUT not at the expense of our little planet and human health. We’ve worked hard to source manufacturers that offer both quality and sustainability hand in hand. We’re on a continuous journey to push boundaries, lower our carbon footprint and improve our environmental impact – watch this space!

GOTS ORGANIC FABRICS SOLD BY THE METRE

We are extremely proud to offer 100% organic cottons sold by the metre that are GOTS certified! A certification that has worldwide recognition as the world’s leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GOTS CERTIFIED?

With today’s sustainability challenges and the contribution of the fashion and textile industry adding to those challenges, we must collectively rethink production and consumption of textiles. Organic fibres play multifaceted roles in creating an industry that actively lowers its environmental impact and prioritises human health over short term profit.

To build a truly sustainable textile industry, GOTS evaluates the processing and manufacturing of textiles on the basis of both environmental and social criteria. This means assessing everything from the chemical inputs being used to the ethical treatment of workers. To become GOTS certified, it is mandatory to meet all of the criteria.

ENVIRONMENTAL CRITERIA

Organic fibres are natural fibres grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, insecticides, or herbicides and GMOs (Genetic Modified Organisms) according to the principles of organic agriculture. Organic agriculture is a production process that sustains the health of ecosystems, soils and people. Key points below:

*Separation from conventional fibre products and identification of organic fibre products
*Use of GOTS approved colourants and auxiliaries in wet-processing only
*Processing units must demonstrate environment management, including wastewater treatment
*Technical quality parameters for colour fastness and shrinkage for finished goods required
*Restrictions on accessories
*Restrictions on additional fibre materials
*Environmentally hazardous substances prohibited in chemical inputs
*Evaluation of toxicity and biodegradability for chemical inputs

SOCIAL CRITERIA

The Standard requirements concerning working and social conditions that are equivalent to those of leading social sustainability standards. GOTS social criteria, based on the key norms of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), must be met by all processors, manufacturers and traders. They must have a social compliance management system, with defined elements in place to ensure that the social criteria are met. Key points below:

*Employment is freely chosen
*Freedom of association and collective bargaining
*Child labour shall not be used
*No discrimination is practised
*Occupational health and safety (OHS)
*No harassment and violence
*Remuneration and assessment of living wage gap
*Working time
*No precarious employment is provided
*Migrant workers

GOTS information has been lifted from the GOTS website. To find out more visit: https://www.global-standard.org/

Designed by us

Organic Cotton Farmers

Free from harmful chemicals

Ethical Working conditions

Recyclable/ bio- degradable

Free from plastic packaging

GREETING CARDS/PRINTS/
STATIONERY

*Printed in the UK – lowers our carbon footprint
*100% recycled papers
*Papers made from 100% de-inked waste
*Papers made using 100% post consumer waste
*Reduced water and energy consumption during the printing process
*Polymerised toners from inert ingredients use lower temperatures resulting in less energy consumption

HOME & GIFTWARE TEXTILE PRODUCTS

*Printed and made in the UK – lowering our carbon footprint
*100% cottons sourced from BCI certified mills. The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a global not-for-profit organisation and the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future. To find out more visit: https://bettercotton.org/
*Inks conform to STANDARD 100 by OKEO-TEX. This is one of the world’s best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. It stands for customer confidence and high product safety.
*Production waste water is processed through an effluent plant – cleaned and released back into the environment

BIODEGRADABLE BAGS

*These bags are derived from vegetable starch which comes from an annually renewable crop. As opposed to fossil fuel derived oil based plastics which are non renewable.
*Biodegradable and compostable, breaking down into CO2 and H2O. (at a constant 58°C it takes approx 45 days to decompose.)
*Non toxic petro-chemical based adhesive tape (free from any animal products including Gelatine)
*Made in the UK – lower carbon footprint

100% RECYCLABLE PACKAGING

*Recycled and recyclable brown paper
*Recyclable brown tape
*Recyclable Branded tape
*Recyclable stickers
*Recycled and recyclable ‘thank you’ postcards
*Recycled and recyclable postal boxes

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