Made in a fair way
Organic & Fairtrade cotton:
The cotton is grown and ginned in north India. Using Organic and Fairtrade cotton benefits both for the environment, the people who grow and handle the cotton and for the end consumer.
The fairtrade certified cotton ensures that the farmers have been paid a fair price for their cotton and that we contribute to the growth of the local community by the fairtrade premium we paid. The Organic cotton (certified by GOTS*) ensures that organic farming practice has been followed and that no harmful chemicals has been used in the growth.
After the ginning process, the cotton is transported to Tamil Nadu where the Armstrong Spinning, knitting, dyeing and stitching units are located.
Armstrong Spinning mill + Knittning:
At this unit the cotton arrives in bales and are separately stored as Fairtrade & organic cotton, kept separately from conventionally grown cotton. Inside the spinning facility it is clearly marked where the Fairtrade and organic cotton can be placed. The process of getting the raw material into thread and fabric is highly automatized, where the workers mostly handle the machines for knitting and spinning. The cotton is spun into rolls which is used in the knitting machine where the fabric is knitted together. When the fabric is ready it is checked and rolled, it is packed and transported to either the dyeing unit if need to be dyed, or directly to the stitching unit.
Armstrong Process unit, Dyeing:
At this unit fabric rolls arrive every day and are taking into large industrial washing and dyeing machines. In connection to the dyeing unit there is a water treatment plant in which the water is purified and reused. The Dyeing unit is more or less self-sufficient in water, since rainwater is used and saved in large basins during the monsoon periods. Tests are made on the water quality to make sure PH and other relevant parameters it is at recommended levels. All the chemicals used in the washing and dyeing are certified according to GOTS standard.
Armstrong knitting mill, Stitching unit:
After the fabric is dyed it arrives to the stitching unit. First it goes through the quality control department where workers check the quality of the fabric before cutting. It is marked on the floors in which areas organic cotton can be handled. It is important not to mix it with cutting dust from conventional grown cotton. When the pieces are cut and marked, it is transported to the stitching section or to the printing section.
In the printing section both manual screen printing methods are used as well as advanced printing machines used for screen prints. The print is transferred through a heating machine so that the colours become dry and strong. All inks used are water based and no harmful Azo dyes are used. All inks used comply with GOTS standard.
When the pieces has been printed, it is matched together with the rest of the t-shirt at the stitching unit. All workers has a designated part of the t-shirt to stitch, some of the workers have skills in different part of the garment and can rotate between the positions if needed. Finally the t-shirt arrives to the quality check before ironing and packing.