Great Ideas in Cotton
- An Amazing Vista The roof of the fair trade factory overlooks gorgeous Andes mountains in Quito, Ecuador.
- Inside the Factory Everyone involved in making Iridium's high quality fashion enjoys fair compensation and a healthy work environment.
- Cotton Clothing, Naturally The fair trade factory in Equador creates our beautiful garments made of natural fibers.
- Behind the Scenes Iridium uses primarily natural fibers from USA-grown cotton.
- Tagua Nut Buttons Our Tagua Nut buttons are made from the Tagua tree, which only grows in the wild Amazon rainforest. The demand for the nuts to make buttons helps preserve the rainforest. The Tagua Nut is also known as vegetable ivory.
At a recent cotton conference in Hong Kong, industry experts presented new concepts and technologies that can reduce manufacturers’ negative effect on the environment. Due to pressure from local and national governments as well as growing interest from retailers, manufacturers are looking for new, responsible ways to make textile products.
The conference covered topics in sustainability and innovation in textiles, focusing on both technical processes and products. Dow Corning Corp. introduced a new water-repellent Soft Hydro Guard, which uses silicone instead of harsh chemicals like fluorine, formaldehyde and solvents to finish garments. Research conducted jointly by Cotton Inc. and North Carolina State University found that altering sequences and volumes in the pre-treatment and dyeing process can create better work environments. A new, low temperature pre-treatment technology for cotton knits and woven fabrics is another way manufactures are reducing energy and water usage.
At Iridium we have our own great ideas in cotton. Our fashion offers socially conscious customers a way to participate in responsible production. Our fabrics of natural fibers are made from U.S.-grown cotton, which are then woven in a fair trade factory in Ecuador. Our fashion balances the needs of the modern world with classically designed and comfortable clothes.
Further reading for the curious:
Cotton Inc.’s press release
Women’s Wear Daily “Going Green Gets Serious”