OUR GARMENTS

All the garments we print are made from sustainable fabrics. Here’s our guide to the fabrics we print the most:

Organic Cotton

Your average cotton shirt is made from conventional cotton, which uses 25% of the world’s agricultural insecticides on crops and 11% of all pesticides on only 2.5% of the worlds cropped area. Agricultural pesticides kill tens of thousands of farmers and their families every year through exposure during application and poisoning of water supplies or food stocks. A further 3 million+ have recorded medical conditions ranging from skin conditions to miscarriages and infertility. They don’t just affect the farmer’s health however- the soil loses its fertility, biodiversity in the surrounding eco-system and water table is killed off, and the farmers accrue large debts from buying in these chemicals.

Organic cotton ensures both the financial stability and health of cotton farmers and their families, as it requires none of these chemicals. Natural fertilisers and natural, often bug assisted pest deterents, are used along with crop rotation. Organic cotton farming is usually on a smaller scale and grown on mixed organic farms where farmers are able to grow more crops in rotation. They can intercrop more food crops safely with cotton fields and are able to prioritise food crops over cotton crops to ensure food security. More wild foods and healthier livestock are available in diverse eco systems. Organic cotton often produces lower yields, yet many organic cotton farmers report higher incomes as the costs of inputs are greatly reduced.

More Information: www.pan-uk.org

Cotton in conversion/in transition

In most case it takes 3 years from when a cotton farmer begins to use organic farming methods exclusively, to when their cotton can be certified as organic. During this time they are faced with low yields and land left unfertile by the chemicals they had farmed with previously. They don’t usually get the premium price they could receive with organic certified produce so brands which use organic cotton in conversion or transition are supporting these farmers in the most difficult of time.

Recycled Polyester (P.E.T)

Quite simply, plastic bottles from consumer waste recycled into yarn and used instead of virgin polyester. We use up so much plastic, especially drinks bottles, and instead of ending up in a landfill, they can be put through a multi-stage process and converted into yarn. This can be made into, jersey fabric, fleece, ripstop technical outerwear and pretty much anything else that polyester can be used for.

Recycled cotton

Recycled cotton is usually pre-consumer waste cotton that would ordinarily be thrown away. Instead, it is gathered and re-spun into new fibre. In most cases it requires no further chemical processing and garments are coloured by grouping similar coloured waste cotton. New T-shirts from the waste of new T-shirts.

Bamboo

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing crops on the planet. It has natural anti-bacterial characteristics, which means it doesn’t need pesticides. The finished garments inherit these characteristics to an extent and can prevent build up of B.O. causing bacteria on the wearer. Bamboo garments are also good at drawing moisture away from the body making them perfect for active applications but also boast a silk-like smooth feel and drape. The most commonly available bamboo fibre has gone through a highly chemical process to produce the usable yarn, so although the raw material itself is extremely sustainable, the fabric’s sustainability is reduced by it’s processing.