To create an upholstery fabric which is both durable and soft like Malibu is not easy. And it is useable on either side.
GOTS requires that not only are the fibers spun in to the yarns be third party certified organic, but that every step of the production process adhere to a strict set of requirements, including; no chemicals can be used which have been proven to harm humans or the environment at any stage of the textile production process; water must be treated to a very high standard before release back into the local river, lake, whatever; and certain worker safety and worker rights issues are honored, like no child or slave labor and a certain minimal level of safe working conditions (Still a prominent problem in textile production.) Although it does not explicitly address carbon footprint, a GOTS certified FABRIC is the best choice by far, carbon wise right now. Exponentially better than recycled polyester, for instance, or of conventional cotton fabric. Even a GOTS certified fabric shipped from Asia to America is lots better, carbon footprint-wise, than a conventionally produced fabric of any fiber type. (See our FAQ about carbon footprint if you're interested.) GOTS does allow up to 5% non-organic fibers in fabric, such as the use of lycra giving stretch to fabrics; and there are lower levels of GOTS allowing down to just 70% organic fibers. The fabrics must be labeled 70% or whatever. Our GOTS fabrics are all 100% organic fibers.
The Fabric Name
Malibu Beach is in southern California while most of our fabric names are Northwest Native American words. It finally occurred to us, not Native Americans, that this might be a form of appropriation. We 're donating to the use of tribal lands and checking with tribes.
Upholstery, drapes, apparel.
- abrasion test results: 60,000 Martindale
- care: Washable in all temperatures. Pre-shrunk.
- certification: GOTS, the Global Organic Textile Standard
- content: 100% organic cotton
The stripes run up the roll. That means the stripes are parallel to the selvedges.
15oz yd2 / 500 gm m2
- width: 54" / 137 cm