No-Compromise Green Fabrics from O Ecotextiles
In examining textile production, the sisters found that even organic fibers may undergo processing with toxic chemicals, which then remain on the fabric. O Ecotextiles’ strict standards require production partners to use biodegradable surfactants, detergents, and degreasers. And mills are prohibited from using a variety of chemicals that are common in textile production despite health and environmental concerns, including chlorine compounds, heavy metals, azo colorants, halogenated solvents, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) or deca-brominated flame retardants. Due to its concerns, the company discourages the use of performance coatings but does offer flame retardant and GreenShield stain-repellant finishes when necessary for commercial applications.
O Ecotextiles also requires that its mills treat wastewater, use fair trade practices, and employ socially responsible labor practices. To back up its claims to social and environmental responsibility, the company is willing to share detailed information with anyone who wants it.
Published November 24, 2008