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Prussian blue
  • Specifications:

    GOTS certified through weaving; Oeko-Tex 100 dyes

    100% organic cotton

    60" / 152 cm

    10 oz yd2 / 339 gm m2

    Washable in cool water and dry on low heat; shrinkage is 8% in length and none in width.

  • Well, actually, we named this fabric after the crab, because, besides loving its sweet meat (and feeling guiltless about eating it because it's a Best Choice" according to Seafood Watch published by the Monterey Bay Aquarium), the Dungeness crab (Metcarcinus magister)is native to North America, and this fabric is our first to be entirely American made!  An American made product that can fulfill our requirements for safety and durability was a long time coming, and we're delighted to be able to offer it now.

    Dungeness is great for light use upholstery, such as an occasional chair, or anything else you can dream up! Being a fabric made entirely of organic cotton, it has cotton's softness and matte appearance and can be washed at will.  A happy blend of softness, safety and security for your family.

  • Made from American-grown organic cotton, the fabric was woven at the first (and still only) mill in the United States that produces fabrics to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Our next production run of Dungeness may not be an All American made product because the only GOTS certified spinner in the US has given up its GOTS certification, at least temporarily, because of lack of demand. Help us create demand!

    The fabric is GOTS certified through weaving, meaning that all GOTS requirements as to chemical use, water treatment are followed: 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:

      • All Flame Retardants: Brominated or Chlorinated
      • All Endocrine Disruptors
      • Formaldehyde and other short chain aldehydes
      • Halogenated solvents
      • Fluorocarbons (PFC's)
      • Heavy metals (i.e., lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic)
      • Chlorophenols (TCP, PCP)
      • Aromatic solvents (benzene, toluene)

    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:

    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. 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.

    An American dyehouse used Oeko-Tex certified dyes, which means that all dyestuffs are free of AZO colorants, heavy metals or other chemicals of concern, and no chemicals are used during dyeing which might harm you, so you can use this fabric knowing that it is safe for you and your family.

    And like all Two Sisters fabrics, Dungeness has no flame retardant or stain repellant finishes, no finish of any kind.

    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.