Ecological True Rider
Everybody associates cotton with something natural and healthy. So, it is not uncommon that seeing the label “100% cotton” we want to buy the product even more. However, not everybody realizes what the real story is hidden behind sourcing this raw material. Additionally, nobody asks the question whether in the contemporary industrialized world the raw material sourced in a mass scale can remain natural. In True Rider we have explored this issue a bit and started the journey (that isn’t finished yet;)) in order to find the answer. Our new collection has a lot in common with our discoveries and philosophy. Why? Read yourselves…
Cotton belongs to the most often grown plants in the world. Its plantations cover nearly 35 mln hectares. Unfortunately, according to Organic Trade Association, conventional method of growing cotton is placed in the first infamous place in the ranking of most toxic ones. Why? Because of the fact that although cotton plantations cover only 2,5% of the whole world cropland, the production uses 25% of all pesticides and 10% of herbicides! Moreover, some amount of chemicals may remain in cotton fibre having contact with human skin. Hence, according to some scientists it causes more often diagnosed skin allergies, or even asthma.
How is organic cotton produced?
The organic cotton production is a long-lasting process, during which some still practiced methods of growing the plant come from 3000 BC. However, to gain the ecological certificate, the fact of practicing natural methods is not enough. The soil undergoes 3-year quarantine during which any chemicals can be used. Since seeding up to the production of the ready clothing, every stage is under the rigorous quality control. The growth of cotton goes with the accordance of natural environmental processes, without using chemical substances or artificial fertilizers stimulating the growth. The only acceptable substances must be biodegradable, eg. garlic, alfalfa, citric acid or dung. Ecological culture allows to save water as well, which is important because of the fact that ¾ of the plantations are located in the countries of the Third World (Source: Ecological - Agricultural Encyclopedia).
The other advantages of organic cotton:
The explanation of our fabric certificates you can also find together with labels attached to our clothing:
GOTS the certificate for the product embracing all stages of production, starting with raw material, then natural textiles (cotton, linen, silk, hemp) up to ready clothing. It was established by the International Working Group of Global Textile Standard (IWG), the group associating the organizations from Europe, USA and Japan which certifies and marks products friendly to the environment.
Our category of GOTS marking:
Organic – this mark is given by GOTS to the products which contain at least 95% of ecologically certified fabrics.
Fair wear foundation - the organization associating firms whose goal is the improvement of working conditions in places where clothing is sewn. Fair Wear Foundation unites about 80 firms and 120 brands from 7 European countries. The products are sold in 20 thousand shops in more than 80 countries in the world. FWF also focuses on payment control. The organization provides workers with payments high enough to fulfill their basic living needs.
Organic Content Standard the certificate given to ready products, however, there are strict conditions when cotton is harvested and produced. The kind of certificate OCS which our cloths have been given is:
OE 100– the certificate given to products consisting in 95-100% of organic cotton.
Remember that philosophy and values we create in True Rider don’t make empty promises. One of our keystone is responsibility for what we create and respect to human and animal. And because of that we would like our summer collection to be the highest quality, using the most natural materials providing that the conditions they were created were ethical. We were searching for fabrics possessing certificates confirming their origin. Wearing new sweatshirts or, soon, T-shirts, we want to be certain the material wasn’t collected by “modern slaves” but workers who are honestly paid and work in decent conditions.
- and soon new ecological collections ;)