FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why organic?
A: Everything that goes into the land eventually makes its way into us! Conventional cotton farming uses some of the EPA's (Environmental Protection Agency) highest-rated toxic chemicals. These chemicals are proven to cause cancer, diabetes, infertility, illness and dis-ease. Organic farming uses natural methods that are in accordance with nature and sustaining our land. Something as simple as choosing to purchase an organic tee or tank actually has the power to change our world for the better! We want to leave this world better than we found it, for we are borrowing it from our grandchildren.
Q: What is organic cotton farming?
A: 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 fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. (Source: Organic Trade Association, 2008)
Q: Are your products certified?
A: All of our cotton T-shirts and Tanks are 100% GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Certified, our manufacturers are 100% Fair Trade Certified and our love for our company is 100% Certified LOVE!
Q: What does Certified Organic mean?
A: Organic agriculture is based on the principles of agroecology and replaces agrichemicals with natural methods and botanical products for building soil fertility, water quality, and efficiencies, and for controlling pests. Organic farming is the only agricultural method covered by international regulations and guidelines. Achieving certified organic status may require up to three years to transition from conventional practices and land use. Certification must be obtained at the farm level to achieve organic status of the raw material and must be tracked through the supply chain to ensure the organic status of the final product for consumer labeling. (2011 Organic Cotton Market Report, Textile Exchange)
Q: Does Human Revolution Clothing use Certified Organic Cotton?
Q: What does Fair Trade mean?
A: Fair trade is based on a partnership between consumers and producers’ cooperatives in the developing world, offering a better price and improved terms of trade for agricultural products. Fair trade certification is third-party assured to meet socioeconomic and environmental standards—addressing aspects of environmental sustainability, banning GMOs and certain chemicals, and operating on a performance improvement principle to address environmental impact. Fairtrade cotton must also comply with recognized social and labor standards during material processing and manufacturing stages. (2011 Organic Cotton Market Report, Textile Exchange)
Q: Is Human Revolution Clothing Fair Trade?
Q: What does GOTS Certified mean?
A: Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibers can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with minimum social criteria. (Global Organic Textile Standard)
Q: Is Human Revolution Clothing GOTS Certified?
Q: What are the differences between conventional and organic farming?
A: Conventional cotton farming is considered the world's "dirtiest" crop due to its heavy use of insecticides; the most hazardous pesticide to human and animal health. Three of the most acutely hazardous insecticides (aldicarb, parathion, methamidopho) to human health as determined by the World Health Organization, rank in the top ten most commonly used in conventional cotton production. If we don't stop here, we will go on for days. Organic agriculture protects the health of people and the planet by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals from synthetic pesticides that can end up in the ground, air, water and food supply, and that are associated with health consequences from asthma and infertility to diabetes and cancer. Organic farming methods use natural fertilizers, like compost and animal manure, that recycles the nitrogen already in the soil rather than adding more, which reduces both pollution and N2O emissions (Source: Organic Trade Association)
Q: What kind of ink and dyes does Human Revolution Clothing use?
A: Water based dyes and PVC free inks! We do everything we can to use the most eco-conscious materials possible.
Q: Where does your cotton come from?
A: We currently use GOTS Certified organic cotton from Chetna Organic in India. http://www.chetnaorganic.org.in/
Q: Where are your products made?
A: Our Tees and Tanks are currently made in India, at Rajlkshmi Mills. Some of our shirts are printed in India, while others are printed here on Kaua'i. Our Khadi Beach Blankets and Caftans are made throughout India in rural government supported weaving villages. Our Organic Cotton Maxi and Khadi Caftan are washed, cut and sewn in a small family operated Fair Labor factory in Delhi.
Q: Why do you source and make your clothing in India?
A: When researching organic cotton farming, I found out that India has experienced approximately 300,000 farmer suicides in the past 15 years. As you can imagine, that information did not sit well in my heart and I had to do something about it. In 2012 I went to India for the first time and met many farmers, manufacturers, designers and amazing people. I believe in supporting local business and at some point during my travels, I realized eventually, global became local. In 2016, I started a line of GOTS certified, USA made Tees for men and women.
Q: Why doesn't Human Revolution Clothing use bamboo fabric (viscose rayon)?
A: The complex process of chemically breaking down cellulose pulp to form regenerated cellulose fiber, or rayon, results in a great deal of environmental pollution. In addition, waste-gas emissions from the xanthation process and waste-water emissions associated with the wet spinning bath are of particular concern because of the health risks associated with the process. HRC will not use bamboo fabric until we are able to verify that the production methods being employed are environmentally responsible.
Q: Your hang-tag is awesome! What is it made from?
A: Our hang-tags are made from compressed organic cotton scraps! We strive to abide by zero-waste as much as possible. Thanks! We love them too!
Q: I am an artist and would love to design for you, can I?
A: It's possible! We love working with our community and connecting with people around the world. Please email us at HumanRevolutionClothing@gmail.com, tell us about you, send over some designs and we will talk!
Q: I have more questions, where can I ask them?
A: You can email us anytime at HumanRevolutionClothing@gmail.com