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Guatemala Weave Coop by Omtology.com
Handmade Yarn by Omtology.com
Handmade Cotton by Omtology.com
Hemp Fabric by Omtology.com
Guatemala Marketplace by Omtology.com
 Photos taken in Guatemala by: Nicoli Rena Sinclair

Photos taken in Guatemala by: Nicoli Rena Sinclair

The use and importance of earth-friendly and organic fabrics are three-fold. We all should be socially and economically responsible. By using fabrics that do not use chemicals and pesticides we are protecting the environment. Secondly, the fabrics listed are biodegradable over time and will not become land fill waste as many synthetic garments turn out to be. Lastly, these fibers are also better for our wellbeing as many are naturally anti-bacterial and hypo-allergenic (bamboo, tencel, ramie, hemp); UV resistant (hemp); or moisture wicking (bamboo).

Bamboo

Bamboo is one of nature’s most sustainable resources, it’s 100% biodegradable and is naturally regenerative. Bamboo can also grow up to 1 foot a day and does not need pesticides or herbicides to grow. This revolutionary new textile fiber naturally resists microbes (bacteria & fungus), is sustainable & earth-friendly, is practical (i.e., easy to wash & dry), and naturally wicks moisture away from the skin.  Our sensational knit blends bamboo fibers with a minimal amount of spandex for comfy & casual clothing that you’ll feel good wearing day & night. The raw material of bamboo is certified organic by Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and safe for you to even wear as you hug and cuddle your little ones. 

Bamboo Controversy

Over the years, because of its fast growing nature and minimal use of farmland, bamboo has become increasingly popular. Bamboo fabric made from pulp (bamboo viscose) has faced scrutiny over its production methods, which is similar to rayon from wood pulp. Questions about the safety of the chemicals and pollution the production process causes raise environmental concerns. We continue to work closely with our suppliers and evaluate their manufacturing process to make sure they are doing their best to produce fabrics in an ecologically responsible manner with minimal environmental impact.

Today, we know our supplier has made improvements in extraction and renewal treatments for waste-water by including an advanced floating air treatment system that removes up to 99% of the suspended solids, reclaiming the treated water. They also have implemented strict controls on safety operations and exhaust emissions.

Cotton

Our cotton products are all organic. To be certified organic cotton, it must be a cotton plant that has been grown without the use of chemical pesticides and defoliants for at least three years. Fertilizers that are used include compost, manure, naturally derived mineral and/or plant fertilizers and crop rotation. Insect control has to involve the use of beneficial insects and natural pesticides certified to be non detrimental to the environment. This involves protection of the ground and surface waters, and air and soil pollution.

Hemp

One of the most valuable parts of the hemp plant is the fiber, commonly referred to as "bast,” meaning that it grows as a stalk from the ground. Other fibers such as sisal, manila hemp and jute are mistakenly referred to as, hemp, yet only Cannabis sativa is considered "true hemp." Among the characteristics of hemp fiber are its superior strength and durability, and its stunning resistance to rot, attributes that made hemp integral to the shipping industry. The strong, woody bast fiber is extracted from the stalk by a process known as decortication. Hemp fiber contains a low amount of lignin, the organic glue that binds plant cells, which allows for environmentally friendly bleaching without the use of chlorine. In composite form, hemp is twice as strong as wood.

All products made with hemp fiber are biodegradable.

Handmade Quality Clothing

95% of our apparel is handmade from highly skilled local vendors and global artisans that take pride in their work. Each item is thoroughly inspected for quality, wearability, and durability before they are brought to market. This rigorous process includes but is not limited to, wearing, washing, and drying the garments multiple times to test the clothing's life-cycle, and by testing home goods to make sure the products meet internal standards.

Sweatshop Free & Local

The harsh labor conditions that are often present in offshore factories caused Omtology to create a micro-production strategy for manufacturing clothing and goods.  This strategy consist of working with local artisans, seamstress, woodworkers and co-ops in the United States and abroad, under fair labor and work conditions. Our micro-production strategy contracts workers that are paid higher wages than sweatshops and use local resources which assist in helping their local economy.