Conventionally grown cotton consumes approximately 25% of the insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides used in the world. Organic production systems on the other hand, replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Meaning no toxic and persistent pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and no genetically engineered seeds.
Because growing hemp is illegal in the USA, our hemp comes from industrial hemp plants in China that adhere to fair trade practices with all people involved. While technically our hemp is not certified organic, it’s grown as organically as possible. Thanks to its natural heartiness, hemp doesn’t require any chemical pesticides or fertilizers, which make it safer for the farmers that grow it, as well as the land it’s grown on. In fact, this drought resistant plant does wonders for the soil its grown on. Farmers who grow hemp are able to plant food crops in the same field immediately after harvest- something that’s not possible with a lot of other crops.
Our beautiful, earth-inspired color palette is the product of our low-impact dyeing program which aims to eliminate the harmful chemicals and waste that are mainstream in the textile industry. Our fiber reactive dyes directly bond with the garment rather than merely remaining as an independent chemical within the fiber. They contain no heavy metals or other known toxic substances and create less waste water runoff than conventional dyeing processes.
The mainstream fashion industry is one which relies on globalized low-wage mass-production in order to take garments from the design stages to retail floors within weeks. This is an unsustainable model which is not only exploiting the lives of its very workers, but is also destroying our planet.
Bohemian Folk is proud to be part of the slow fashion movement-a movement that stands against fast fashion and is defined by the use of eco-conscious materials as well as a slowed process taken to design, source, and produce garments.