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Published on July 5th, 2008 | by Delia Montgomery

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Innovative Earth Friendly Textiles Keep Getting Better

Continuum Textiles is a sales agency in Vancouver representing textiles and garments from environmentally responsible supply chains. Their partners have decades of experience in organic cotton, merino wool and the textile business.

i-merino is about three years old, but a recent discovery to many. It may be the most sustainable performance activewear fabric on the planet. i-merino is the brainchild of a fourth-generation merino wool grower and first-generation snow boarder, Australian cofounder Stuart Adams. As a devotee of numerous sport and physical activities, Stuart experienced first hand the superior performance characteristics and comfort of merino wool. Merino is a renewable resource where a new fleece grows on the sheep’s back every year. The wool is obtained without harm to the animal. From farm to fabric, the process is fully tracked and certified, so you are guaranteed the wool passes stringent environmental, social and quality controls.

i-cotton, also promoted by Continuum, gives businesses and consumers the opportunity to choose products that support sustainable farming. i-cotton yarns and fabrics incorporate 5 percent organic cotton and 95 percent sustainably farmed cotton. While 5 percent may not seem like much, it can have a big impact. Companies that consume large volumes of cotton choose to blend 5 percent organic as a way to support the growth of organic farming while meeting their own price and supply needs. As more companies adopt this model, the total volume of organic cotton goes a long way.

Like icing on the cake, Continuum offers Meritton fabrics. This is a unique blend of i-merino and organic cotton. The Meritton fabric has a superb drape and handle, is machine washable and tumble dry-able. Most important, it captures the distinctive performance properties of two very popular natural fibers through certified farming systems. Voila, an environmentally positive material with great comfort!

Continuum Textiles displays exceptional teamwork because cofounders Stuart and Anne Gillespie work so closely with their supply chains and partners to ensure social, environmental and quality standards. All while developing innovative products.

Bravo! Isn’t it nice to learn about a company that so admirably exceeds the goal of sales?

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About the Author

I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on www.ChicEco.com, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning "who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design." Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art -- from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers. From sustainable fashion apparel to paint and flooring, discoveries are a rush. I get my kicks this way. I also offer sales representation of earth-friendly designed products for wholesale buyers. Retailers may take advantage of my services with factory-direct pricing. Spend less time sourcing and prevent green-washed purchases! My other forte is connecting suppliers with business-to-business tools. Aspects of my business vary with consulting services while I'm proud to be the aide that embraces unique and innovative gigs. I'm originally a Kentucky Blue Grass gal who relocated to Maui early 2006 and the tropical Puna District of Big Island, Hawaii late 2007. Walk the talk is my motto here. Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that's not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style. In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai'i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It's a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.



  • http://engineeringtextilesforindia.blogspot.com skgrao

    Hello,
    Glad to note i-cotton 5% blended fabric.In India anything goes.
    Here in India – Bangalore – ISKCON is growing all Organic items of food.
    ISKCON is International Society For Krishna Consciousness.

  • http://engineeringtextilesforindia.blogspot.com skgrao

    Hello,
    Glad to note i-cotton 5% blended fabric.In India anything goes.
    Here in India – Bangalore – ISKCON is growing all Organic items of food.
    ISKCON is International Society For Krishna Consciousness.

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  • http://www.blissfulseed.com Elizabeth

    Hello All,

    Thanks for the post, .

    It’s great people are becoming more and more open to organic cotton here and around the world. I am very happy to introduce 100% organic cotton exclusively made in the U.S. with a low carbon footprint. We are Blissful Seed, an organic cotton apparel company based in Chicago.

    We are competing with overseas companies that pay cheaper for their organic cotton but I am very motivated people will see that organic cotton in the U.S. does two things: it supports domestic employment and lowers the carbon footprint.

    I would like to see how organic cotton does in U.S.

  • http://www.blissfulseed.com Elizabeth

    Hello All,

    Thanks for the post, .

    It’s great people are becoming more and more open to organic cotton here and around the world. I am very happy to introduce 100% organic cotton exclusively made in the U.S. with a low carbon footprint. We are Blissful Seed, an organic cotton apparel company based in Chicago.

    We are competing with overseas companies that pay cheaper for their organic cotton but I am very motivated people will see that organic cotton in the U.S. does two things: it supports domestic employment and lowers the carbon footprint.

    I would like to see how organic cotton does in U.S.

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