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Organic cotton

May 31, 2011

I’m back at home after a week away for Quilt Ontario in London. Stayed in Woodstock with my mom and travelled into London every day. My mom is the best … always willing to help me out at shows, no matter how long the days are. Thanks mom! We had a lot of fun chatting with quilters from across the country and also from across the Atlantic. The juried show was inspirational … no photos (not allowed), but there were some beautiful quilts to choose from. I’m glad I didn’t have to judge. I would have liked to get to Ailsa Craig to see the display of quilts from the Netherlands – apparently they were spectacular.

Some new fabric arrived while I was away, and it’s up in the shop now.

These lovelies are GOTS cerified organic cotton from Timeless treasures – Fruit Punch on top and Shipyard below. It’s the first line of organics that I’ve brought in, and I thought I’d explain what the GOTS label actually means.

GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard, and companies seeking this certification have to meet a number of different requirements for criteria covering “production, processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, exportation, importation and distribution of all natural fibre products.”

 Here are some of the specific requirements:

  • A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres whereas a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres
  • Bleaches must be based on oxygen (no chlorine bleaching)
  • Dyes that release carcinogenic amine compounds are prohibited
  • Printing methods using aromatic solvents, phthalates and PVC are prohibited
  • All operators must have an environmental policy including target goals and procedures to minimise waste and discharges
  • Facilities must maintain minimum fair labor practices from the International Labor Organization.
  • Farmers and producers need to be certified, and those certifiers have to be accredited GOTS or hold an internationally recognized accreditation.

Find out more on the GOTS website. I think these organics will make a terrific baby or toddler quilt (I’ve got my eye on Posh Tot again).

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