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New UK-certified organic knitwear brand
Cornish Organics launches fully traceable British organic knitwear collection. 

By Laura Turner

18 June 2015

Cornish Organics has launched a British, certified own-brand organic knitwear collection, offering an innovative solution to sustainable style.
 
The organic woollen knitwear uses a completely closed supply chain, which streamlines traceability and allows every garment to be tracked back to the farm source. Each garment carries a swing tag with the name of the farm and farmer that the wool originated from, bringing together the best of British agriculture and manufacturing from farmers, scourers and spinners through to dyers and garment manufacturers who are all certified by the Soil Association to GOTS organic standards.
 
Cornish Organics’ organic wool fleece is directly sourced from organic farmers and, after being organically scoured, it is spun using traditional mule spinning processes at New Lanark Mills in Scotland, a World Heritage site. The dyeing process takes place in Yorkshire, using natural Pennine water and organic dyes before the yarn is prepared by Cornish Organic’s hand-frame knitters in Grimsby who create the knitwear garments.
 
Cornish Organic Wool was developed and launched in 2005 by Matt Hopson, who purchased organic wool direct from farmers and produced certified organic hand knit yarns on a small scale. With no organic dyers in the UK, he sourced organic dyes and learnt to hand dye, however, realising the limitations of hand dyeing, he approached Yorkshire yarn-dyer Paint Box Textiles. As many of the chemicals normally used by large scale dyers are not GOTS approved, he persuaded Paint Box Textiles to become certified with the Soil Association. After several more years of development, Paint Box Textiles was able to achieve consistent and colourfast shades for its wool. Now, ten years later, with a certified hand framed knitwear factory, Cornish Organics and Paint Box Textiles are producing organically certified knitwear for the industry.
 
 
 
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