Organicz ® – Fabric Concepts of the Future
ORGANICZ FROM ZULEEG
Organicz is Zuleeg’s answer to the question concerning future sustainability.
100% Of the finest merino raw wool from 20 certified wool farms. 100% Organically cultivated cotton.
Great emphasis is placed on environmental consciousness in the Zuleeg community. Organicz is our contribution to responsible textile manufacturing.
MERINO WOOL FROM CONTROLLED ORGANIC ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
In order to be certified as organic, wool has to be produced according to strict regulations pertaining to the production of organic products. Animals may only be fed with certified organic feed and the use of synthetic hormones and pesticides as well as genetic engineering are strictly forbidden. The reprehensible procedure in which sheep are immersed in insecticide is prohibited; exemplary and natural practices are promoted.
It goes without saying the these animals are not tortured in any way – this wool is mulesing-free.
For the dying of organic wool, heavy-metal-free dyestuffs with a minimal negative impact on the environment have to be used which immediately bind with the wool fibre thereby producing less waste water that has to be disposed of into the environment.
ORGANICALLY CULTIVATED COTTON
Conventional cultivation methods for cotton include the use of fungicides, insecticides and genetically modified seed. The organic cotton seeds that we use for Organicz are untreated and free from genetic modification. With conventional cultivation, cotton is grown as a monoculture. It requires intensive watering whereby much of the soil is lost through erosion and the utilisation of artificial fertilizers. Organic cultivation methods strengthen the soil through the practice of crop rotation. This retains water due to the increased amount of organic substances in the soil.
Pesticides for weed control have to be used for conventional cultivation. For organic cultivation, the weeds are removed by hand using methods which have been tried and tested. Approximately 25% of the most poisonous pesticides utilised in the world can be attributed to conventional cotton cultivation. Of these nine pesticides, five are most likely carcinogenic. Organic pest control makes use of beneficial insects in order to maintain the balance between pests and their natural enemies. This is only possible on healthy soil. Another method used in organic cultivation is the exploitation of so-called catch crops which lure the insects away from the cotton.
Conventional harvesting makes use of poisonous chemicals for the defoliation of the plants. In organic cultivation, exfoliation occurs naturally through frost or the targeted application of water.
A question that is repeatedly asked with regard to organic cottons, viz. which types of dyestuffs are utilised for coloured fabrics? The answer – fibre-reactive dyestuffs with a minimal negative impact on the environment. These require a lot less water than conventional dyestuffs and are therefore far more environmental friendly as the dye material is recycled and not disposed of as waste. In order to be certified as organic, our dye process has to comply with Organic Trade Association’s Fibre Processing Standards and the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS).
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