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We are proud to say that all of our t-shirts are produced using 100% OE Standard organic cotton and natural dyes. We use organic cotton which is GOTS certified meaning it is farmed and manufactured in a socially and environmentally responsible way GOTS Website. This is important to us as normal cotton is one of the most chemical intensive crops using approximately 16% of the world’s pesticides (which includes herbicides, insecticides, and defoliants Chemicals Used) but only overing 2.5% of the words cultivated land.
In order to achieve certification, producers, manufacturers and traders are regularly inspected by independent accredited bodies (certifiers must be ISO accredited). Textile products like the material Ethereal Clothing use can only carry the GOTS certification is they are comprised of at least 70% organic fibres. All the chemicals used in the treatment of the fibres and for the printing of our t-shirts must meet specific toxicological criteria. More detail on this can be seen here Environmental Criteria.
Additionally there is a minimum social criteria that all processors must abide by in order to obtain and retain their certification. These are based on key principles put in place by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the key points of which are listed here Social Criteris.
Organic cotton, like that which we use to make Ethereal Clothing’s street wear is grown from non-genetically modified plants and without using toxic synthetic chemicals such as pesticides or fertilizers. This makes us feel better about our business and what impact our actions have further back in the process.