We have chosen our materials with care. Truly sustainable fashion labels like BEARTH are characterized by the fact that they pay attention to strict ecological aspects when making their selection. It is important to us to offer long-lasting products with great properties.
Products made from organic cotton are soft, breathable, durable and easy-care. They stand out from textiles made of conventional cotton due to their pleasant wearing comfort, moisture-regulating effect and low allergy potential.
The guidelines for organic farming and cultivation apply to the certified organic cotton that we use. This means, among others, that no pesticides, defoliants or chemical fertilizers are used. Not only an important aspect for the workers on the cotton fields and our environment, but also for us as consumers wearing garments made of organic cotton.
Despite its positive characteristics and the many advantages that result from the cultivation of this material, organic cotton currently only accounts for around 1-2 % of global cotton production. Quality assurance in the cultivation of organic cotton becomes possible through various certifications. The most comprehensive is the GOTS certification, which affects the majority of the organic cotton we use.
The cultivation of conventional cotton is anything but resource-friendly.
During cultivation, conventional cotton fields require between 11,000 and 17,000 liters of water per kilogram of cotton. The water is obtained from fresh water sources such as lakes or rivers. As a result, these lose more and more surface area and run dry. The use of pesticides mentioned above, which has serious consequences for the environment and people, is another issue. Thus, conventional cotton is grown under resource-wasting conditions.
On organic cotton fields, mainly rainwater is used to irrigate the fields and water management is generally optimized. Annual crop rotation improves the storage of water and organic matter in the soil. As a result, when cultivating the fields with organic cotton , water consumption is reduced by up to 91%.
The use of natural and organic fertilizers such as compost or animal manure preserve the fertility of the soil and biodiversity in the region. Additionally, the soil becomes more resistant to erosion. Pesticides like they are used in the cultivation of conventional cotton, are a health risk for workers on cotton fields as well as for residents. The first get in touch with chemical-synthetic pesticides during work. Residents may get in touch with them through the consumption of contaminated drinking water. The ban on using them in organic cultivation thus can protect workers and residents.
Our portuguese fabric suppliers source the raw organic cotton from sustainable cultivation in the USA, Turkey and India.
Organic cotton with Naturally Clean Technology®
In our collection we use fabrics from our portuguese production partner TINTEX, which are made from 100 % GOTS-certified organic cotton finished with the Naturally Clean Technology®. TINTEX's Naturally Clean Technology® is based on an enzyme finish, a so-called bio-polisher, developed by the Danish bio-technology company Novozymes.
In a final processing step, enzymes and microorganisms are used in production to remove small hairs and fluff from the cotton material. This technology is therefore a green alternative to other chemical finishing processes.
By using the Naturally Clean Finish the goods feel pleasantly soft, have a smooth surface, the radiance of the colors is improved and the durability of the textile is increased by at least 20 %.
This means that the original characteristics of the fabric and garment are preserved much longer.
Extending the life cycle of a garment is an important step in reducing the negative environmental impact of the textile industry.
Wrap (wrap.org.uk) has published a study stating that an extension of the life cycle of a garment by just 9 more months (= active use), the carbon, water and waste footprint for this item can be reduced by 20 % - 30 %
We don't have to change our whole lives to contribute to a more sustainable future. Often small, minimal changes are enough to make our own lives and work a little more conscious.
As part of a circular approach, it can definitely make sense to use fabrics with a percentage of recycled cotton.
To obtain the recycled cotton, used textiles as well as excess fabric from production are reprocessed. In course of this process, the textiles are sorted by colour, broken up into small fibers and spun into new yarn.
While cotton cultivation is very resource-intense, recycling cotton fabric saves large amounts of water, pesticides and carbon dioxide.
Recycled cotton has the same wearing comfort as new cotton, i.e. it is breathable and easy-care. However, as a result of recycling, the cotton fibers become shorter and have an irregular surface, which make garments more susceptibel to pleats and less tear-resistant.
A good solution for fabric manufacturers is therefore to process recycled cotton with a high proportion of "new" organic cotton with longer cotton fibers. This leads to an environmentally friendly and durable fabric quality.
We use an organic cotton mix for some of our hoodies, sweatshirts and zip hoodies. The OCS- certified yarns come from southern Spain, the GOTS- certified organic cotton from Turkey.
All dyeing processes of our fabrics are subject to the guidelines and certification of OEKO-TEX ® . The OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 label is one of the most widespread certifications worldwide for textiles that have been tested for harmful substances. With products that bear this seal, one can be certain that all components such as threads, buttons, zippers, accessories, etc. have been tested for harmful substances and classified as harmless to health.
For our GOTS-certified Half-Zip Women and our styles made from OCS-certified organic cotton mix, we use OEKO-TEX ®- certified, nickel-free zippers, made in Portugal. YKK zippers are used for our GOTS-certified garments made from organic cotton with Naturally Clean Technology ®. We have chosen the nickel-free YKK Natulon zippers, which consist of at least 99 % recycled (post-consumer) material.
Our embroidery threads are made from 100% GRS recycled polyester. The recycled polyester is obtained from 100 % post-consumer waste. The manufacturer of the embroidery threads produces 70 % of them in Germany. The company has high environmental goals that are intended to contribute to a resource-saving textile production. This includes, among other things, the recycling of water and the use of thermal energy in the production process.