Organic products are produced without artificial chemicals or additives and made in the most natural form possible.

They comply with comprehensive standards that are verified by independent certification bodies.

It is the most reliable, transparent and rigorous system available across the globe for ensuring sustainable production. 

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment.

Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilisers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.  

Third-party certification organisations such as GOTS, verify that organic producers use only approved methods and materials throughout organic production.  

In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming.  

Organic fibres are grown without the use of synthetic fertilisers or potentially toxic pesticides.  

By building soil fertility, organic farmers help lock CO2 into the soil, helping mitigate climate change. 

By avoiding potentially toxic pesticides cotton workers benefit by preventing the associated health problems and deaths common in non-organic cotton production. 

Avoiding pesticides also reduces production costs and farmer debts. 

Better quality fibre than standard cotton.

Fair price: The price of organic includes investments made by farmers who are protecting the environment, maintaining soil fertility, preserving biodiversity and conserving water. This means organic cotton sometimes (but not always) is more expensive because the costs aren’t hidden. 

It is Hypoallergenic. It does not cause any allergy or irritation when it touches human skin. 

Source: (Soil Association, Eco Friendly Online, Cottonedon, Organic Trade Association)

TENCEL® is a cellulose fibre derived from wood pulp in a unique closed loop system that recycles almost 100% of solvent in the closed loop process and is biodegradable.

TENCEL® has a soft, smooth finish, drapes well and absorbs moisture.

TENCEL® is produced by the Lenzing Group which is an environmentally responsible company. Their policies for the TENCEL® production includes:

- Striving to source wood and pulp exclusively from non-controversial sources, preferring suppliers participating in credible forest certification programs.

Regular risk-assessments, audits and on-site visits as well as independent third-party certification of the sustainable forest management programs help to ensure the policy compliance.

People Tree's TENCEL® collection is produced by Creative Handicrafts, a social enterprise working to empower disadvantage women in Mumbai through economic independence. 

New in for AW17 is a TENCEL® and Organic Cotton blended jersey collection made by Etfor. They are GOTS certified and based in Portugal.

Source: (TENCEL® Lenzing, Organic Clothing - Tencel, ETFOR )

Where is People Tree’s wool sourced?

People Tree currently sources sheep’s wool from New Zealand, which has an Animal Welfare Act establishing a duty of care for animals, click here

How does hand knitting creative livelihoods?

KTS employs over 2,000 hand knitters who produce a collection of hand knitted garments and accessories for People Tree. Hand knitting not only makes unique and beautiful products, it also provides women with the valuable opportunity to work and receive fair pay.