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GOTS (The Global Organic Textile Standard)
100% organic linen
54" / 137 cm
6.7 oz yd2 / 227 gm m2
Although Bainbridge can be washed in cool water and line dried, professional green cleaning is recommended to maintain crisp appearance. If washed, iron while still damp.
Named after Bainbridge Island, which is both the name of the city as well as the island on which it is situated. The island was formed during the last ice age, 13 to 15,000 years ago, when the 3,000 foot thick Vashon Glacier scraped out the Puget Sound and Hood Canal basins. Located in the middle of Puget Sound, Bainbridge Island is a 35 minute ferry ride from Seattle, so it's no wonder that over 60% of islanders commute to Seattle for their employment. Bainbridge Island is a stop along The Whale Trail: sites where one can have a reasonably good chance of seeing orcas or other cetaceans at some time during the year.
Bainbridge is a wonderfully soft linen of the finest quality, and it comes in rich and sophisticated colors which are designed to coordinate with other fabrics in the collection. Beautiful as drapery as well as duvet covers, clothes - lots of uses.
Bainbridge is a GOTS certified fabric: GOTS (the Global Organic Textile Standard) is your assurance of many important things that can make you feel great about your fabric choice, including:
SAFETY: No known or suspected toxic chemicals have been used in the manufacture of the fabric, so you won't find them residual in the fabric you are using. Among the prohibited chemicals:
In fact, all the chemicals that are the subject of Greenpeace's very important DETOX Campaign are completely prohibited. For a complete list of the toxic chemicals prohibited and restricted by GOTS, click on the link below. The Link will open to the title page of the current, 4.0, GOTS standard. You want page 8, section 2.3.1: Prohibited and Restricted Inputs: www.global-standard.org
WATER TREATMENT: GOTS requires thorough water treatment at each step of the manufacturing process. This is especially important with fabric because the production of fabric uses copious amounts of water, indeed, the textile industry is the #1 industrial polluter of water in the world1. And this chemically filled effluent enters our groundwater, circulating around the world. Since, as Gene Lisa says, there is not a no peeing" part of the swimming pool: the toxic chemicals being dumped into the Irawaddy or the Yellow River in China affect us all.
CARBON FOOTPRINT: A GOTS certified fabric is the best choice if you're concerned about carbon footprint issues - even though the GOTS standard does not directly address carbon footprint. Please click here for a discussion of that topic.
WORKER SAFETY AND WORKER RIGHTS: GOTS also assures workers of safe and hygienic working conditions in the mills, and fair wages. Child and slave labor are prohibited.
1Cooper, Peter, "Clearer Communication," Ecotextile News, May 2007. Please note that some sources say it is #2. Whether #2 or #1, the textile industry uses gargantuan quantities of water. Everyone agrees that agriculture is #1. If you want to count agriculture as an industry then ag is #1 and textiles is #2 - or #3 according to some sources. Here again, #1, #2, #3 - or #4 - the textile industry uses and pollutes gargantuan quantities of water. Please click here to learn more about water use in the textile industry.