How is the color of your dyes made?
The dyeing of Under the Nile yarn and material is done with heavy metal-free colors, which do not contain any harmful chemicals, and are in accordance with the Global Organic Textile standard. The dyes do not contain PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride). PVC is a hazardous chemical used in the conventional dyeing process that has been proved to cause kidney failure, developmental delays, and even hearing loss in children. The aim during the dyeing process is to use only such agents and methods that are environmentally sound and, at the same time, ensure the highest quality standard.
Why is organic cotton softer than conventional cotton?
In order to get the very soft feel of our material, the cotton yarn is handled with great care during the knitting or weaving process. All auxiliaries used must either be recyclable or be biodegradable to at least 90%. For example, for the weaving process only natural starch is used.
Do you use bleach to get the white color?
No, we do not use bleach. Sometimes the cotton harvest of a particular year is more on the yellow side. To achieve our white color we use a natural whitening process, which uses hydrogen peroxide.
Do you use chemical finishings on the fabrics?
No, we do not use chemical finishings on our fabrics. One of the most dangerous chemicals found in the finishing of conventional fabrics is Formaldehyde. This is a chemical gas used in the finishing of conventional cotton fabrics. Babies and children are very sensitive to this chemical, and having it on the clothes they wear can cause skin rashes, coughing, and flu like symptoms.
How should I wash organic fabrics?
Use a detergent that does not contain chlorine, phosphate, dyes, or phenols, just all-natural ingredients. There are many brands to choose from, depending on your personal preference.
Under the Nile is certified to the Global Organic Textile Stadard (GOTS). GOTS is recognized as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers worldwide. It defines high level environmental criteria along the entire supply chain of organic textiles and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Under the Nile has two certifications: one for their manufacturing process, and one for their distribution. All Under the Nile hangtags feature the GOTS logo.