Gossypium is an independent online shop based in the UK that makes clothing, bedding, and accessories that are fair trade and environmentally friendly. Their Ethical and Eco Practices page is a model for any textile business. Luckily for crafters, they also offer some of their fabrics by the yard.
Their organic cotton fabrics are fair trade certified, and printed using water based ink. They have two different kinds of fabric: a woven shirting weight fabric that’s 240 cm wide, and an interlock fabric sold in 160 cm width. The interlock is the prints, which are all kiddo friendly: bugs, farm, puppies, and the jungle print shown here. The woven fabrics are a denim stripe, three checks, and a natural, recommended for bedding, curtains, and clothing.
The people behind Gossypium aren’t short on opinions, which is refreshing if you’re used to carefully bland corporate websites. Check out the recent blog post £3 T-shirts are not just about exploitation for their thoughts on how we consume clothing like it’s a disposable product. Sound a little strange coming from a company that makes clothing? Well, they also ask this of their customers: “We ask that you show respect for the Fairtrade cotton you buy by only buying what you need and keeping it for a very long time.” And when it wears out, they’ll take it back for recycling.
You can sign up for their e-newsletter to get a 10% discount on your next order – just stop by their home page and click on the newsletter link. They do deliver internationally, see their Shipping page for details.
[Image from Gossypium website.]