Posted on June 08, 2015
This is part one in a series of posts that is intended to help educate people on the various aspects of what makes a Green Label Organic T-Shirt one of the most trusted and sustainable brands in the marketplace. In each post we will discuss one area of how our t-shirts are made and why it is more eco-friendly, soft, comfortable and sustainable than most t-shirts available today.
Most of our fans know our t-shirts are 100% Organic cotton and Made in America, but one of the key reasons they love our shirts is that they feel great the very first time you wear them! Unlike conventional cotton t-shirts our shirts are born soft. A conventional cotton tee reaches a degree of softness only after dozens of washes and by that time it's ready to be downgraded to work shirt, or worse yet, retired!
All of our t-shirts are made with long staple organic ring-spun cotton. This superior process is more costly, hence why most t-shirt manufacturers don't use it. At Green Label Organic our goal from the very start was to produce the highest quality, most eco-friendly shirt possible. If you’d like to know more about what ring-spun cotton is then read on.
The processes for creating regular cotton and ring-spun cotton are totally different. Regular cotton is made from cotton fibers that are twisted together to make yarn, which is then knit to make fabric. Most of the industry standard, big name brand t-shirts, provide conventional cotton t-shirts. Conventional cotton is less expensive to make, which means it’s often a better selling item, when price is the determining factor. But, if its softness, durability, and appearance that you seek then ring-spun cotton is what you’ll want. Ring-spun yarn is made by twisting and thinning the cotton strands to make a very fine, strong, soft rope of cotton fibers. This process, coupled with Garment-dying, produces a super soft finished product from the start - no need to wash it a half dozen times to get the same effect!
So that’s one important component of how our shirts are made. Check back next week for Part 2 of our Anatomy of a Green Label Organic T-Shirt.