How It's Made
100% Domestically Grown, Organic Heavy-Weight Fleece by Spiritex
Their piece goods meet Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. It defines world-wide recognized requirements from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, to labeling in order to provide credible assurance to the end consumer.
Low Impact Dying Process
Fibre-reactive Dyes Low-impact synthetic dyes that directly bond with the garment fibres rather than remaining as an independent chemical entity within the fibre. They contain no heavy metals or other known toxic substances, and do not need mordants and have a high absorption rate, decreasing rinse water and water waste and are applied at relatively low temperatures (30ºC compared to 100ºC needed for direct dyes) saving energy, and require controlled amounts of salt and alkali. The high cost of the dye becomes an environmental advantage, as it is cheaper to reclaim dye from its effluent rather than discharge it all and start from scratch and the water can also be recycled.
The dye cycle is shorter than other dye processes, meaning less water, salt, and chemicals needed to dye the fabric. Recent advances have created fibre-reactive dyes with colors that are brighter and richer, providing excellent colorfast properties. OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. Examples for items eligible for certification: Raw and dyed/finished yarns, raw and dyed/finished fabrics and knits, and ready-made articles. Testing for harmful substances includes: illegal substances, legally regulated substances, known harmful (but not legally regulated) chemicals, and also includes parameters for health care.
In their entirety, these requirements clearly exceed existing national legislation. Oeko-Tex® testing for harmful substances always focuses on the actual use of the textile. The more intensive the skin contact of a product, the stricter the human ecological requirements to be met.
Trims and Finishings Sourced in USA
Locally Cut & Sewn, Chicago Fair Trade
Fair Trade Fair trade is an alternative business model that focuses on the triple bottom line: people, the planet, and profits. More than 1 billion of the world’s population survive on less than $1 per day. Fair trade aims to combat this widespread poverty by providing opportunity for economically disadvantaged producers, cultivating transparent trade partnerships, ensuring safe working conditions and the rights of women and children, and focusing on environmental sustainability through all stages of production.
Chicago Fair Trade (CFT) Chicago Fair Trade is the largest fair trade coalition in the USA, comprised of a dedicated base of member businesses, educational institutions, congregations, non-profit organizations, and individual activists. CFT increases support for economic and environmental justice through consumer education, advocacy, and promotion of local fair trade businesses. CFT is proud to be a local and national leader in raising awareness about and building support for fair trade and its principles of environmental sustainability, ethical production methods, fair wages, and safe working conditions. Fibre Athletics is a business member of Chicago Fair Trade.