PROJECT # 01

FAIRTRADE ORGANIC COTTON UNDERWEAR

There are a surprising number of processes involved in making a pair of pants!  Please click on the illustrations below to see photos from & read more about what we learnt on our recent trip to India to visit each stage of the supply chain.  


1. SOWING THE SEEDS The farmers sow the organic cotton seeds and then manage the soil, water, pests and weeds without the use of pesticides.     Read more...                                

1. SOWING THE SEEDS

The farmers sow the organic cotton seeds and then manage the soil, water, pests and weeds without the use of pesticides.     Read more...                                

2. HARVESTING The cotton is harvested by hand, 5-6 months after being sown.                                                                                                                                                                 

2. HARVESTING

The cotton is harvested by hand, 5-6 months after being sown.                                                                                                                                                                 

3. GINNING Once harvested, a machine removes the seeds from the cotton fibre.   Read more...                                                                                                                                                        

3. GINNING

Once harvested, a machine removes the seeds from the cotton fibre.   Read more...                                                                                                                                                        

4. SPINNING   The cotton fibre is drawn out and spun to make yarn.                                                                                                                                                                          

4. SPINNING  

The cotton fibre is drawn out and spun to make yarn.                                                                                                                                                                          

5. KNITTING The organic cotton yarn is knitted on a machine with elastane to make jersey fabric.  Read more...                                 

5. KNITTING

The organic cotton yarn is knitted on a machine with elastane to make jersey fabric.  Read more...                                 

6. DYEING & FINISHING The fabric is dyed using Oeko-Tex & GOTS certified dyes within a zero waste unit.   Read more...                        

6. DYEING & FINISHING

The fabric is dyed using Oeko-Tex & GOTS certified dyes within a zero waste unit.   Read more...                        

7. DESIGNING & SAMPLING The underwear is designed and sampled by Phoebe & Isobel at their house in London.  Read more...                           

7. DESIGNING & SAMPLING

The underwear is designed and sampled by Phoebe & Isobel at their house in London.  Read more...                           

8. CUTTING & SEWING The organic cotton jersey is cut, stitched, printed & pressed by the team at a small Fairtrade factory in the south of India.  Read more...                          

8. CUTTING & SEWING

The organic cotton jersey is cut, stitched, printed & pressed by the team at a small Fairtrade factory in the south of India.  Read more...                          

9. TRANSPORT The underwear has been flown from India to the UK. In future it will be sailed by sea.                                              

9. TRANSPORT

The underwear has been flown from India to the UK. In future it will be sailed by sea.                                              

 
10. IN YOUR HANDS! Please look after your underwear & the environment by washing on a low heat & line drying.  Read more...                                                                                       

10. IN YOUR HANDS!

Please look after your underwear & the environment by washing on a low heat & line drying.  Read more...                                                                                       

 

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