FM 669 [FM = FARM TO MARKET ROAD]. AMERICAN MADE COTTON BASICS.
ALL OF OUR ORGANIC COTTON IS GROWN, SPUN AND KNITTED IN THE USA. EACH GARMENT IS SEWN IN THE NEW YORK CITY GARMENT DISTRICT.
COTTON FABRIC & PROCESS
We use 100% USA grown organic cotton fabric. Our organic cotton comes from a collective of farms in Texas that are certified organic under the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program (USDA-NOP) and are also Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified. These farms practice regenerative practices that are possible in their climate/location such as cover crops and rotation crops.
75% of the organic farms that we source from are completely rain fed and do not use irrigation. Some of the farms supplement with minimal irrigation. The cotton yields are very rainfall dependent. Despite its reputation, cotton is not a water-intensive crop. It has been bred to be drought tolerant, and often rely solely on rainfall. Most of the United States – about 60% of U.S. cotton is produced without irrigation. Most irrigation used for the remaining 40% simply supplements crop needs. Only 4% of the U.S. cotton harvested acres in 2008 required irrigation to grow (USDA, 2010). (ref https://cottonleads.org/sustainable-production/water-stewardship-united-states/)
White is achieved through the use of hydrogen peroxide (non toxic). Black/Colour is achieved using low impact, fiber reactive dyes. This means no heavy metals or toxic substances. All finishing/dyeing occurs in a closed loop system where the water is constantly recycled. Wastewater is treated at the plant to ensure nothing environmentally harmful remains in the effluent. We endeavour to use natural dyes for any future colour additions.
We produce small runs of styles so no garments go to waste.
Our products come in compostable packaging, (25% post consumer) recycled and recyclable mailers. Mailers are constructed using recovered trash and are 100% recyclable. The bags are certified home compostable. Currently international orders come in a DHL bag.
We use an 'Offset' app that offsets the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the shipments that we deliver to you. This app uses industry models to determine the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere for each shipment including the following variables to calculate our monthly CO₂ emissions: package weight, distance travelled and mode of transportation. This payment is made automatically by us monthly. This payment is then used to purchase carbon credits, which offsets our emissions through the deforestation protection project below.
Our carbon offset payments are currently funding the Jarí Para REDD+ Avoided Unplanned Deforestation project with Pachama (https://pachama.com/). This is a Verified Carbon Standard certified project that will be verified by Pachama using their monitoring technology. The funds go towards protecting the existing forest, improving the biomass through better forest management practices, and verifying the progress of the project. Read more here.
Carbon offsets are a current solution until we develop better technology to mitigate emissions. We believe carbon offsets are also not a replacement for taking actions to reduce our carbon footprint — but they are a solution to compensate for emissions we currently are unable to avoid.
We intend our garments to be well worn and repaired if necessary. You can compost your cotton garment at the end of its life.