My wife Ann and I began Organic Textile Company around 2005 though we have been selling fabric for over thirty years.
Now my daughter Nancy runs the company and I stroll in occasionlly, order and help design fabrics, misspell words on the website and eat biscuits. Nearly all our fabrics are made directly for us and to our specification . Nancy makes sure the warehouse runs like a sausage rolls royce.
We employ five people.
We use GOTS certified mills in India and Turkey. Our bamboo comes from China. Our main partner is Genesh in Kerala.
It was only around ten years ago that we became aware of the damage we do to people in third world countries who grow cotton and have to rely on pesticides. Thousands die each year. They live miserable lives, tied to poverty, bound to a system that supports agro chemical suppliers. Most of these farmers have 4 or 5 acres. By allowing them to farm organically, they and their families can live a more prosperous and healthy life that allows crop rotation and non-reliance on pesticide and fertiliser sellers.
Organic means that the cotton is grown without the use of harmful pesticides, using pheromone traps, crop rotation, hand picking of bugs and natural repellents.
This allows farmers to grow food and keep animals instead of being reliant on costly chemicals and fertilizers. They receive more for their crop and the input costs are lower and the fabrics will be pesticide free.
We have a small charity called 'Loom.' We return some of our profits to help the weavers we work with in Kerela.
We distribute ten percent of profits to staff and we support local initiatives and interest free loans to local businesses.
We run Organic Textile Company for fun (okay - not every minute of every day) We do it to rub the itch. To ease that creative spot you can never quite scratch even with a loofa, to provide employment and a more personal satisfying way of trading.