MetaWear, in collaboration with Fashion Positive, is offering the United States' first Cradle to Cradle Certified™ SILVER organic cotton men's and women's T-shirts that meet the highest standards in the fashion and textile industry for chemical safety, clean water effluent standards, compostability, superior social fairness and renewable energy production.
In line with the Cradle to Cradle® vision of circularity, MetaWear has ensured that Fashion Positive-certified screen-printed T-shirts are made from 100 percent compostable certified organic cotton, which also reinforces the Cradle to Cradle vision of safe materials, perpetually cycled, produced with clean water, renewable energy and social fairness.
"We are very excited to partner with MetaWear, a company on the cutting edge of restorative manufacturing," said Lewis Perkins, interim president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. "Together, we are creating beautiful, must-have clothes made such that everything and everyone along the supply chain has been optimized for a better future."
This groundbreaking new certification has come to life at MetaWear, the first and only Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)-certified turnkey factory in the United States offering full package manufacturing, dyeing, and finishing. Located in Fairfax, Va., MetaWear's proprietary seaweed inks, jail work release programs, and solar/geothermal green energy systems have served as the ideal platform to support the optimization of chemicals, energy, water and social progress, fundamental to the Cradle to Cradle Certified Standard.
"We are proud and thrilled to offer the nation's first Fashion Positive Cradle to Cradle Certified T-shirts, demonstrating that style and quality are not mutually exclusive with social and environmental responsibility," says MetaWear co-founder & president Marci Zaroff.
MetaWear recently produced Cradle to Cradle Certified T-shirts for "Orange is the New Black" star Alysia Reiner for her upcoming feature movie Equity. "With my unwavering commitment to human and planetary wellness, supporting and working with Fashion Positive MetaWear completely aligns with my values, representing the perfect fit for me and my film," she says.
In support of Cradle to Cradle Certified optimization work, Fashion Positive has created an Innovation Fund that has provided program-related investments to MetaWear for the cost of optimizing materials and processes to meet Cradle to Cradle Certified guidelines. This investment program is open for application to all qualifying brands and suppliers that wish to optimize their materials. Apply here.