Cotton in conversion or transitional cotton, is cotton which is on a journey to being organic.
Organic cotton is grown under strict regulations, such as no use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified organisms, which allows it to be certified as organic.
Organic cotton must be grown on land which is clear of these chemicals for usually 3 years. Historically, this meant that farmers couldn’t use the chemicals when growing cotton, for 3 years, but would only be able to charge for standard cotton prices. Cotton in conversion is a bridge which allows farmers to charge an intermediate price while they are converting from conventional farming to organic farming.
The demand for organic cotton fibres in the clothing industry is rapidly growing so the conversion process is essential for meeting the future demands.
If you would like more information on organic clothing please contact us here
I was talking to a group of ladies at a local sewing group and they told me all about how women used to repurpose flour sacks into dresses and clothes in the 1930’s during the great depression, when money was very tight.
The flour companies heard this was going on so they decided to start printing the flour sacks with patterns so that the clothing looked pretty. Some of them even came printed with instructions which would then wash out. You can read more about this and see images here.
When the clothes wore out, the fabric was reused again by being cut up and used for quilts. When the 2nd world war began cotton was rationed for soldier’s uniforms so flour was packaged in paper bags and still is today.
At Impact Trading and Cotton Roots, we manufacture aprons and we have made them for customers from coffee sacks. Another great way to upcycle waste fabric. You can order coffee sack aprons from here.
We often get enquires from customers who are looking to start their own fashion brand. Sometimes they want ethical clothing such as Fairtrade or Organically certified products. Often, they start with a small quantity of ready made, rebrandable items which can be labelled, printed and embroidered with the brand designs. This is a great way to start At Cotton Roots we have tried to make this process simple by having a small selection of items which the customer can choose from look at the range here.
The minimum order level is 100 items which means you have options for a few items in a range of colours and sizes. The prices include the sewing in of a label which the customer can supply or can order direct from us here. For any print or embroidery on the garments, we can quote for this once the artwork has been supplied.
This process simplifies the first steps of starting a fashion business, we can then supply repeat orders of the same or increase quantities, at this point a customer may decide to start manufacturing clothing from scratch.
….but what are they, and what do you use them for?
They are an essential but simple tool to help you produce stunning baguettes.
A couche (pronounced koosh) or baker’s cloth, is simply a “bed” or “resting place,”. It is a piece of thick canvas or linen that provides support for boules or baguettes during the proofing phase. Couche cloths are sometimes placed into baskets to support round boules, or they can be folded around baguettes.
When dusted and folded between lengths of dough it helps support and shape the dough. It also absorbs a little of the dough’s outer moisture to help develop a skin, hold the final shape and develop a crisp crust.
Did you know that Bakers’ Couches are best left unwashed. This way the yeasty, floury surface on the cloth is kept and helps to give the bread that unique crust that baguettes are known for.
We make our Baker’s Couches from 100% unbleached organic cotton, they are hand made to order by our skilled team in our farm-based factory.
If you would like more information, contact our design team on 01908 290482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Does your organisation want to purchase “bespoke” polo shirts, t shirts, hoodies or aprons made with Fairtrade certified, or organic cotton? If so we can help.
As Fairtrade licensees we are specialists in manufacturing Fairtrade and organic certified clothing. We enjoy working hand in hand with our teams in India to ensure your orders are great quality, delivered on time, hassle free.
Perfect for larger orders of 500 plus we manufacture for you Fairtrade certified bespoke polo shirts, t shirts, hoodies, aprons and sweatshirts. Delivery is around 14-16 weeks from our two Indian factories.
Fairtrade Fashion and Farmers
Fairtrade certified clothing can be fashionable, fitted, baggy, traditional, stylish, durable, warm, cool, colourful, neutral. The list is endless.
The farmers who produce the cotton are the key focus in the cycle of manufacture. The whole chain, farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, sewing, embroidery and printing can be traced. Every single part of the cycle must be a licensee with their own FLO number.
In a nutshell – Ethics plus everything else! A perfect combination.
Complete trace ability. Completely do-able. No excuses.
we offer advice on the correct knit and weight of fabric for your garment
pantone dye the fabric to the colour specification you give us
arrange for “lab-dips” of the fabrics and colours for you to approve
create a sizing set of the garments so you can check and approve
every stage of production is always approved by our customer
Here we are spending time with the cotton farmers in – proudly showing us their organic cotton plants.
Over the last 50 years in the UK, buying habits have dramatically changed. Buying an item of clothing, furniture or homeware used to be after much deliberation, something that was researched, considered and saved up for.
For many reasons this changed, possibly with the introduction of credit which enabled instant gratification and the introduction of mass produced cheaper products. This meant that the general population could buy new things without much thought or consideration. Often, once the initial excitement is over; and maybe the fashion has moved on, this will be discarded and replaced with the next latest product.
Waste is a huge problem for the world, and one which has been created largely by this shift in purchasing. Educating people in the wisdom and satisfaction of saving up, considered purchases for a better quality, longer lasting product is one of the ways we can help to reverse the trend.
Have a look at our range of ethical uniform and workwear click here
Over the last two years, particularly through the pandemic, there has been an uplift in the demand for ethical uniform and also an increase in the ranges that are on offer from suppliers.
After the first lockdown, Fairtrade organic products sales dramatically grew, this was followed by a demand for British manufactured goods. We believe this was driven by a number of factors.
Lockdowns prompted people to look to buy from their local businesses and manufacturers and gave them time to engage with their local community.
The environmental crisis which has recently come to the forefront due to the increase in natural disasters which affect real people and the huge uprising of extinction rebellion just before the Coronavirus outbreak.
The implementation of Brexit which has caused people to look locally for suppliers to avoid import duties and taxes.
During this period suppliers have been launching new ranges which, some of them are making their standard products organic, WRAP certified. Then there are whole new specialised products such as hi vis jackets and hi vis polo shirts, performance sports t-shirts, soft shell jackets and fleece jackets made from recycled polyester.
These products are completely new to market and give the opportunity for companies who need safety or specialist work wear, to make ethical choices which were not possible before.
For more information please call 01908 511051 or email email@example.com
Over the past few months the world has been turned upside down in a way that we have never seen before in our lifetime. During this time the business world has seen winners and losers and will continue to do so over the coming years.
At Impact Trading and Cotton Roots we have seen this as a time for change and reflection. It has helped us look at new opportunities and ways to grow and one thing that is definitely clear is that British and ethical manufacturing is becoming more and more important to our customers.
This has paved the way for us to help new ethically led fashion brands start up in an easy and cost effective way by introducing the ‘Your Brand’ section to our Cotton Roots website.
A catalogue of organic cotton and recycled fabric unbranded stock garments that can be branded with the customer’s own label, embroidery and print.
Each garment is priced to include the professional sewing in of a label, this can either be supplied by us or by the customer. They can then opt to add on embroidery or print to customise the garment. Orders in the ‘My Brand’ range can start from as little as 50 mixed garments which makes it a low cost start up investment.
If you would like to browse the range of ethical clothing in the range please visit our website, if you would like more information or a quote please contact us on 01908 511051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the world becomes increasingly aware of the ethical and environmental impacts of low quality low cost clothing, more and more businesses and organisations are turning towards Fairtrade, organic and recycled options.
At Impact Trading and Cotton Roots we have noticed a significant move towards this recently and the great news is that the increased demand has meant that there has been a sharp rise in products available with regards to garment ranges and colours. In the next month we will be adding a range of new products including recycled fleeces, softshells, performance tops and jackets. We are also expanding our range of organic and vegan clothing.
This Fairtrade Fortnight which runs from the 24th February to 8th March 2020, we are hoping that more companies will start to consider the move towards ethical and sustainable options for their future uniform and work wear solutions.
We have been making bespoke aprons at Impact Trading and Cotton Roots for a few years now and it’s lovely to create new and exciting designs, but as a company that strives to be ethically and environmentally driven we wanted to find something that is normally considered a waste product that we could re-purpose into something new and beautiful.
After some searching and a shout out on Facebook we were able to source some old coffee sacks which we brought back to HQ and gave to the design team. What they came up with superseded all our expectations, two aprons, one which is lined and one which is cross backed and finished to an amazing quality.
We loved them and couldn’t wait to show people on our social media channels. We love that they all have a variety of prints on them and no two are the same.
If you would like more information or would like to make an
order please get in touch on 01908 511051 or email@example.com