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GOTS, the Global Organic Textile Standard
100% organic cotton
54" / 137 cm
16 oz yd2 / 542 gm m2
Washable in all temperatures, minimal shrinkage (3% or less).But, as always, we suggest cool water and air to prolong the life of the fabric and to save on resources.
Winthrop is named after a rugged town in eastern Washington State which provided background for The Virginian, America's first western novel.,Bordered on the west by the pristine forests and stunning views of North Cascades National Park, Winthrop remains a lovely center for river rafting, cross country skiing, and other outdoor activities.
Like its namesake, Winthrop Too is a rugged organic cotton which can stand up to most anything. The fabric is a canvas, with tightly twisted yarns, so the overall effect is soft yet substantial, with a lovely drape.
Perfect for upholstery in the most demanding residential conditions, it's also great for slipcovers. Yet the wonderful hand lends itself to many other applications. It's certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) so you can rest easy about its pedigree. And Winthrop Too, like many of Two Sisters fabrics, is washable.
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:
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; among many other requirements and prohibitions.
1For a discussion of what the abrasion ratings mean, please click here.
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.