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GOTS, the Global Organic Textile Standard
100% organic linen
54" / 137 cm
14.8 oz yd2 / 440 gm m2
22,000 Martindale; suitable for heavy duty residential upholstery use1
Washable in cool water and low/air dry. Does not shrink unless washed and dried on hot, which causes shrinkage of about 8-10%.
1For a discussion of what the abrasion ratings mean, please click here.
Cedar is named after the Western Red cedar, Thuja plicata, tree native to western North America. It is among the most widespread trees in the Pacific Northwest. Some northwest coast indigenous peoples refer to themselves as people of the red cedar" partially because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic raw materials: roots for baskets, bark for clothing and canoes, and wood for shelter.
Like its namesake, this sturdy linen fabric is designed to be useful. Its durability makes it terrific for upholstery, but you can use it for anything that requires a soft yet substantial fabric. Produced by a Master of Linen, the fabric is certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) which means that the kids and dogs can safely play on it.
Cedar is a fabric certified to The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) which 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:
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 world.2 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; among many other requirements and prohibitions.
2Cooper, 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, at a rank of #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.