How its made: GOTS certified canvas
As you probably know, all leather that is used to create our beautiful O My Bags is eco leather. This means that it is tanned without the use of harmful chemicals and has no synthetic top finish. We choose to work with this naturally tanned leather because it’s safer for people and planet! But what about our canvas products? How eco-friendly are they? We would love to share our story!
Our entire canvas collection is made from GOTS certified cotton. This is an organic cotton that is grown without any harmful pesticides or fertilizers, to preserve soil health. The abbreviation GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard, which is the world’s leading textile processing standard for organic fibers. Not only does it ensure that plants are grown organically, it also guarantees fairly made conditions, which means that all employees work in a safe and healthy environments and earn living wages. GOTS aims to create world-wide recognized requirements to ensure that textiles are organic – from harvesting raw materials to labelling end products!
Curious about some of these requirements?
- Textiles must be 95% organic in origin to be GOTS Certified Organic.
- Toxic chemicals used in some conventional textile processing (like chlorine bleach) cannot be used.
- Child labor must not be used.
- Workers must be treated well and be paid fair wages in safe working conditions.
Can you see why it’s considered the world’s best standard? For us all these requirements feel imperative, since supporting conscious trade is what we get up for in the morning. We are proud to only use GOTS certified canvas and in that way make sure our products are as pure as possible. Along with our beautiful canvas totes, backpacks, weekenders and accessories, our signature cotton dust bags are also made with organic cotton. Since 2018 the cotton for our dust bags has come from Anandi Eco-Farm project which works with farmers from the Tamil Nadu district, India. This project provides non-GMO seeds, technical support, training on organic production and advises how to protect the local environment and health within their communities.
By using only GOTS canvas for our products — and in that way striving to meet the highest environmental and social standards — we’re helping to improve the world around us, one bag at a time!
Looking for a GOTS certified O My Bag? Click here to browse our canvas collection 🙂
The O My Bag team
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