Canary was founded on using undyed organic cotton, and natural ways to colour it. The significant difference between organic and “conventional” cotton, from seed and cultivation through all stages of processing into fabric is becoming more known. However, unless otherwise noted, all organic cotton is still synthetically dyed. Canary only uses natural colours, like colourgrown…… Continue reading canary organic natural colour masks
Tailoring with all natural materials on the Singer 31-15, c. 1942. Wool gabardine dyed with goldenrod, madder and cochineal. Backed and lined with organic cotton. Organic cotton thread dyed with onion skins. Old shell buttons.
20% of global water pollution is the result of dyeing textiles. https://www.soilassociation.org/thirsty-for-fashion/ Fashion production causes 10% of global carbon emissions. https://www.innovationintextiles.com/circular-fashion-closing-clothings-waste-loop/ It takes 7600 litres of water to make one pair of jeans. https://fashionunited.uk/case/future-of-fashion-production-sustainable-high-tech-and-on-demand It takes 2700 litres of water to make one T-shirt. https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/the-impact-of-a-cotton-t-shirt Organic cotton consumes 91% less water than “conventional” cotton. http://aboutorganiccotton.org/faq/…… Continue reading 20% of global water pollution
Organic designation carries a lot of significance. It promises virtues that are tangible and desirable but generally invisible. Labelling claims range from legitimate to unregulated, creating a consumer landscape filled with a mix of reality, good intentions and greenwashing. Certifications like GOTS and Oeko-Tex apply to textiles. They are helpful…… Continue reading the virtues of organic cotton
The Basics of Organic Versus Conventional Cotton Textile Production organic conventional Natural, untreated GMO free seeds. Typically GMO seeds, treated with fungicides and/or insecticides. Healthy soil through crop rotation. Increased organic matter retains moisture in soil. Synthetic fertilizers, loss of soil due to mono-crop culture and intensive irrigation. Healthy soil creates natural balance. Beneficial insects…… Continue reading the organic cotton difference