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Wazoodle Policy on Eco Friendly Products
Wazoodle has a strong commitment Eco-fashion, that is providing textiles that take into account the environment, working conditions of cultivators, and the environmentally friendliness of the finishing and processing of fibers and cloths.   

The textiles in this part of our web site provide sewers and manufacturers with an ecologically and socially conscious choice.   The fabrics in this section of our web site are produced specifically for Wazoodle, to our specifications and under our stewardship.  We knit and finish locally under our watchful eyes to make sure the finished product meets our strict specifications for Eco Friendliness. 

Meeting our standards takes more that a loose claim that the fabrics are organic. We make sure the yarns and/or textiles are marked with recognized certification marks, the knitters meet fair labor standards, and that the finishers use environmentally closed loop finishing systems. 

Our main principles:

  • Use of substances with harmful effects on the land, air and aquatic environments have been limited to near negligible during cultivation, fiber production, and finishing.

  • Cultivated, spun, knitted, and finished in a where workers are paid are provided fair wages and working conditions

Here are a few questions we answer regularly:

Q: Where's the flannel?
A: As of the last update  no flannel producers were able to certify their goods are made from use organic cottons.  While many flannels coming from southeast Asia (Pakistan and India) may contain some organic cottons, there is no practical validate any mill is using organic cotton.  When a recognized system of for tracking and authenticated organic flannels is in place, we will surely offer them! 

Q: Where is the hemp?
A:  Hemp, while a viable organic crop, doesn't qualify as a Eco Fashion fiber.  The main reasons:

  • Hemp is mostly cultivated on marginal lands claimed forests. 

  • Cultivation is usually done by peasant and child labor working in extreme conditions for paltry wages.

  • Processing fibers (rhetting) is an environmentally toxic process that poisons local watersheds.

These are the main reasons hemp has never caught the mainstream.  If it was really good, big fashion houses would be all over it -- reality is they don't like the linkage to peasant labour and unclean processing.

Q: Where are the Organics?
A: Retailers are capitalizing on the groundswell of Eco fashion.  While some go to great lengths to ensure their products are legitimate, most do not.  In the textile trade, regulations are in the -- Wild West stage -- caveat emptor.

When we knit organics, we buy the yarns ourselves and supervise the knitting.  We will note the content as 'Certified Organic'.  If we have a paper trail trusted source data without certificates,  we will mark the content as 'Organic'.  If we do not know the source, we will sell them as regular goods. 

 
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