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Breganwood Organics is owned by Sapphire International Limited. Established in 1960, Sapphire expanded into manufacturing cotton terry textiles over 20 years ago. Sapphire owns the first terry mill in China which is GOTS certified (Global Organic Textile Standard). All Breganwood Organics products are woven, cut and sewn in this factory. The products are bleached and dyed using low impact safe dyes in an environment that maintains Oeko-Tex 100 Certification. Additionally, the products are certified organic under the Organic Exchange 100 Standard.
For more information please see:
www.oekotex.com | www.global-standard.org | www.organicexchange.org
(the standard is found under ‘Industry Integrity’).
The company is a member of the Organic Trade Association, Organic Exchange and a founding member of the Hong Kong Organic Textile Association.
Conventionally grown cotton is one of the most pesticide-laden agricultural products on the planet. For example, it takes about a half a kilo of pesticides to grow the cotton used for a 3 towel set (bath, hand and face towel). Cotton uses 25% of the world’s insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides (including insecticides, fungicides, miticides, herbicides, defoliants, and growth regulators).
• In the United States, 25% of all pesticides used are applied to cotton.
• In California, five of the top nine pesticides used on cotton are cancer causing chemicals.
• All of the top nine cotton pesticides in California are labeled by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency as Category I or Category II materials, the most toxic classifications.
• Cotton fibres account for almost 50% of the textile market worldwide.
Cotton as a fabric is cool, comfortable, and easy to care for, but conventionally grown cotton has serious flaws. This is why this company has made a deliberate choice to support organic cotton for a greener planet.