Organic / Bio-Based Textiles and Materials
Fabrics from sustainable plant and animal sources, cotton, linen, Model (bamboo), SeaCell(R) (seaweed), Ingeo(TM) (corn), milk fiber, hemp, jute, ramie, flax, nettle, wool, cashmere, mohair, peace silk, soy silk, wood, rubber, cork, casin, soya bean, bio-poly, and others. Fibers are grown without any pesticides, insecticides, or other toxic materials. The process of organic growth should be certified organic by various national and international certifying organizations.
Recycled / Upcycled
Created with reclaimed, recycled or re-purposed materials; fabrics, metals, leather, fur, plastics or fibers. These are often reclaimed from previously made clothing and accessories, and reworked into new ones. Fibers can also be re-purposed from pre-existing fabric and re-spun.
Dyes made from a class of colorants extracted from vegetable matter: berries, seeds, bark, leaves, and roots; dyeing using less (or no) water e.g. AirDye(TM). Non-toxic fabric printing; non-toxic fabric finishes.
Zero Waste / Fabric Waste Reduction
In the production cycle, as little fabric as possible in cutting and sewing.
Minimal transportation during manufacturing cycles. Designed and constructed locally. Recycled or biodegradable packaging materials.
Craft / Artisan
Products that have been crafted using artisan skills (e.g. embroidery), which preserve and perpetuate ancestral traditions.
Fair Trade / Ethically Made
Responsibility towards human rights, reasonable work hours, no child labor, the right to unionize, a fair living wage, higher environmental and social standards. No direct environmental influences that have an impact on people in the workplace in the form of vapors, gases, dust particles, noise, and temperature; no toxic effluents contaminating water or soil.