Once the cotton has been picked, the fibres need to be separated from the seeds. This is what you call ginning. We work with Sagar Fiber and Pratibha Syntex in India, masters in the Organic cotton ginning world. The leftover seeds are either ground up to help make industrial oil or used to make animal feed. So nothings wasted, which is pretty cool.
Spinning is the conversion of fibres into threads of yarn. Our cotton is spun at Sara Spintex and at Pratibha Syntex (part of the FLO certified Mila factory partnership), facilities in India. This step is often hidden in many supply chains, so we’re thankful for their transparency, expertise and top quality yarn production.
We work with two epic outfits. The first, Shakthi Knitting, are based in India who work in close partnership with our Cut & Sew facility, Mila. The second, RCM, is a factory pioneered by Rajat Jaipuria. Both are GOTS and FLO certified. – the highest certifications in the industry. Each employee is represented by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and the factory provides many benefits for their staff, such as transport to and from the factory each day, a subsidised canteen, pensions, medical benefits and funding for their children’s education.
We produce using low-impact dyes. This means they don’t contain toxic metals and are azo-free (so don’t release harmful carcinogens). Our fabrics are dyed at Mahadev fabrics, Kolkata, and at Shakthi Knitting, part of the RCM Fairtrade cut and sew facility. They ensure that all wastewater from the dye process is filtered to clean it of all chemicals. It’s then recycled for use again in agricultural irrigation in the surrounding area. Shakthi Knitting is based in Tirupur as part of the Mila partnership. They are FLO certified.
They also have an incredible facility with a filtration system that links to the entire plant, enabling them to filter all the dye water that passes through. 95% of all the water used is then re-used for running the factory and continuing its production processes. The remaining 5% is evaporated and any remnants from the dye process are used to make bricks and for laying roads.