Hood Canal reflects our desire to simplify: it has a glowing linen weft that catches the light, and the weave makes a different pattern from front to back, so the fabric can be used to feature either side. A supple, lightweight fabric, it's perfect for myriad uses such as window treatments and bedding. Makes lovely clothes, napkins, tea towels, etc. Washes beautifully. Hood Canals abrasion test result of 12,000 indicates Hood Canal is not durable enough for a frequently used sofa; but fine for that chair that gets used once a week when Uncle Bob comes over.
The organic fibers were spun, woven and dyed in compliance with The Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), which means that no chemicals of concern were used in any step of the production process which might harm you, so you can use this fabric knowing that it is safe for you and your family.
The Fabric Name
Hood Canal is a naturally occurring fjord which forms the western lobe of Puget Sound, Washington State. In 2006 researchers discovered that Hood Canal contained a large dead zone caused by low oxygen levels. This dead zone – where nothing alive is found in an area that is usually teaming with all sizes and types of lifeforms - has had devastating effects on the area's biodiversity. It's generally accepted that the impacts of low oxygen are linked to growing urbanization along the coast. The Hood Canal Dissolved Oxygen Program (HCDOP), a partnership of 38 organizations, and which we support, combats the problem.
- abrasion test results: 12,000 Martindale
- care: Washes beautifully in any temperature. Shrinkage in cool temperatures the first time you wash is 5%; in hot, 8%. As always, we encourage you to use cool temperatures.
Fiber only certified organic, GOTS compliant processing
100% organic linen
- weight: 6.5 oz yd2 / 220 gm m2
- width: 54" / 137 cm
- AOX in primary effluent
- Aromatic solvents
- Bleaching can be oxygen based only
- Chlorophenols (TCP, PCP)
- Complexing agents and active detergents such as APEO, EDTA, DTPA and similar
- Formaldehyde and other short-chain aldehydes
- Fungicides and biocides
- Halogenated solvents
- Heavy metals (inputs must be heavy metal free as defined by ETAD)
The mill in China where this fabric is woven is a mill where the principals are dedicated to green technology. Consequently, not only are their air and water quality standards very high (most are requirements of GOTS), but the mill has a renewable energy plan that they have made application to the Chinese government to help to fund.
The mill has on-site water treatment through which they monitor and clean sediment; measure and correct both temperature and pH, and clean their effluent to drinking water standards.
Finally, the GOTS requirements ensure that workers are treated well, they're paid fair wages, and child and slave labor is not allowed. Working conditions are good (such as having air purification on the premises); there is adequate light and ventilation.
To be clear: When we say that the fabric is produced in compliance with GOTS, we mean that we adhere to the GOTS standard even though we cannot prove it to you because someone in the chain of custody has dropped their GOTS certification, or never gotten it. We know that we advise you to avoid suppliers who claim to be safe but do not have the certificates to prove it (putting us in an awkward position!) so if this makes you uncomfortable, please select a different fabric which has GOTS or Oeko Tex certification. Our goal is to convert all fabrics to third party certifications.