Fabrics sourced by Organic Textile Company
We take the provenance of our fabrics very seriously and source most of them through Organic Textile Company, a small family-run business based in Machynlleth, a market town in the heart of Wales.
Husband and wife team Phil and Ann began the company in 2005, although they've been selling fabric for more than 30 years. It's now run by their daughter Nancy.
Ann and Phil set up the company when they became aware of the impact of the pesticide-reliant cotton industry on the health and happiness of farmers in the majority world.
Most of these farmers have 4 or 5 acres and were living miserable lives, tied to poverty. By farming organically, they and their families now live a more prosperous and healthy life that's no longer bound to a system that supports agro chemical suppliers.
Organic cotton is grown without the use of harmful pesticides, using pheromone traps, crop rotation, hand picking of bugs and natural repellents. This allows farmers to grow food and keep animals instead of being reliant on costly chemicals and fertilisers. They receive more for their crop and the input costs are lower and the fabrics will be pesticide free.
Nearly all Organic Textile Company fabrics are made directly for them, to their specification. They use GOTS certified mills in India and Turkey, and source their bamboo from China.
Organic Textile Company also has a small charity called Loom, which returns some of its profits to help the weavers it works with in Kerala. It distributes 10% of profits to staff, supports local initiatives and offers interest-free loans to local businesses.
Fabric stored ready to send to factories