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Sew Eco-Logical Inc. • 1-541-683-5828 • fax: 1-541-683-6333: Reliability, professionalism, and expertise in organic textiles.
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About Sew Eco-Logical

Sew Eco-Logical Inc.
1280-B East 28th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97403 U.S.A.
phone: 1-541-683-5828 • fax: 1-541-683-6333

Sew Eco-Logical wholesales woven and knit textiles made of certified organic fiber to companies. We also sell 10-yard bolts of some of our fabrics to the general public on our Sew Eco Etsy Shop.

Whether your company is founded on organic, or newly attracted to organic’s sizzle, we will provide quality textiles to your company. Founded in 1998.

Sew Eco-Logical Offers:

  • Open stock fabric.
    We offer a basic assortment stocked in the U.S. and sold in roll quantities.
  • Expertise in Manufacturing Organic Fabric.
    We work with your company to develop specifications for the fabric you would like custom manufactured. We provide technical information on certification, manufacturing processes and labeling to our customers.
  • Quality and professionalism.
    We stand behind the quality of our products. We communicate clearly and respond to your concerns. We set the manufacturing calendar and work to maintain it.
  • Organic integrity.
    Organic certificates are secured and maintained in our files. Upon request, we provide customers with copies of the certificates. We track the certified fiber through the supply chain when ever possible.
  • Authenticity.
    We speak plainly and responsibly. We do not use simplistic, euphemistic jargon such as "low impact" and "sustainable". We speak truthfully about the environmental impacts of processes, case in point bamboo rayon. We provide you with the pros and cons of choices.
  • Fabric performance features that have less impact upon health and the environment.
    Consumers expect their fabrics to perform. The future will bring functional finishes that will have less effect upon life on this planet. We will offer these advancements in textile manufacturing as they become available.

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Our goal is to provide your company quality organic fiber textiles on-time accompanied by good communication.

Our Mission is:

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FAQ

  1. Ordering
    1. Do you sell to individuals as well as companies?
    2. What if I need a few yards to make prototypes?
    3. What are your minimums to custom knit a fabric?
    4. What are your minimums to dye a knit fabric?
    5. What are your minimums to custom weave a fabric?
    6. What are the minimums to dye a woven fabric?
    7. What are the minimums to print a knit or woven fabric?
    8. What is involved in submitting a print design?
    9. What is the procedure to order a custom fabric?
    10. What is the industry definition of first quality?
    11. We are an overseas business and found your web site. How can we do business together?
    12. Why must I fill out a purchase order form?
    13. Is your fabric made of U.S. grown cotton?
  2. Definition of Organic and Certification Standards
    1. What is the current definition of an organic fabric?
    2. Are the organic textiles on the market certified from field to finishing?
    3. How is organic cotton grown differently than regular cotton?
    4. How about the manufacturing of organic textiles?
    5. What is certification, and who are the certifiers?
    6. Are the standards of organic fabric codified under the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), or other U.S. Federal law?
  3. Claims and Returns
    1. How are claims and returns handled?
  4. Payment Options
    1. What are my payment options?
    2. Who pays for color matching?
  5. Incorporating Organic Into Your Line
    1. Where do I find more information about the benefits of organic cotton?
    2. How can you assist me in making the case to my company’s management to go organic?
  6. Confidentiality
    1. Will my name and address be shared?
    2. Will you keep in confidence information I share with you regarding my business plan and products?

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  1. Ordering
    1. Do you sell to individuals as well as companies?
      We sell to individuals, given they order the minimum. When ordering a roll, the buyer must provide their UPS or Fedex account.There is also the option to buy bolt quantities and pay on-line on our Etsy shop, Sew Eco Etsy Shop.
    2. What if I need a few yards to make prototypes?
      If it is a fabric we offer by the bolt, it would be best if you order the bolt quantity. If you insist that you need less or we do not offer a bolt quantity, we charge $1 per yard more than the roll or bolt price which ever is higher and an $8 per fabric cutting charge. Know tht we do not always have fabric available for cut yardage. Sample cuts orders are available to companies that provide a UPS or Fedex account number for shipping.
    3. What are your minimums to custom knit a fabric?
      Generally, 1,000 pounds or yards which ever is greater. To calculate the number of yards, divide 16,000 ounces by the linear weight of a yard.
    4. What are your minimums to dye a knit fabric?
      400 pounds. To calculate the number of yards, divide 6,400 ounces by the linear weight of one yard.
    5. What are your minimums to custom weave a fabric?
      2,000-5,000 yards depending upon the fabric construction, finishing and the appropriate supply chain.
    6. What are the minimums to dye a woven fabric?
      The minimum would depend on the dye machinery at the finishing facility location. The smallest dye lot minimum is 800 to 1,200 yards. Weaving minimums may first apply. A surcharge will be added onto orders of less than 1200 yards per color.
    7. What are the minimums to print a knit or woven fabric?
      We offer rotary printing and digital printing. Expect a minimum of 1,000 yards per print / colorway for rotary. Preferred minimums are 2,000 yards. A surcharge may be applicable on 1,000 yard orders. Minimum on digital printing is 60 yards. An estimated price on digital printing is $20 to $40 per yard depending on the base fabric and size of order.
    8. What is involved in submitting a print design?
      For rotary printing, the design needs to be formatted with the repeat in a print format. If the design requires additional layout work, a fee will be assessed based upon time required to ready file.
    9. What is the procedure to order a custom fabric?
      First read the fabric weaving and dyeing minimums. Given you are ready to financially commit to the investment, send us complete written specifications or a sample of a full width, minimum one yard piece of the model fabric. Make sure the sample is made of cotton. Rayon, tencel, and polyester have unique properties that will not be replicated with natural fiber. We will analyze the fabric. In some cases we will send the fabric sample overseas. If the quote incorporates an overseas supply chain, be prepared to pay $50 to $75 for courier costs whether or not you proceed with the order. After analysis, we give you a yes or no regarding our ability to manufacture. If yes, we quote a price and estimated delivery time. Given that we can reproduce the fabric, you will sign a contract with our company to produce it. Prepayment or a deposit will be required.
    10. What is the industry definition of first quality?
      The quality of a textile is measured based on defects per 100 yards on a 100 point scale. Defects are assigned 1 to 4 points. Major flaws are assigned 4 points. Minor flaws are assessed 1 point. A first quality textile may have 6 to 12 points of defects. Please refer to the Worth Street Textile Market Rules (WSR) for how the points are applied to determine the quality. The WSR, codified in 1926, is the cited standard in procedures and customs for purchase, sale, and use of textiles. Defects do exist in first quality fabric. In contracting for dyed fabric there may be variations in shade from batch to batch.
    11. We are an company outside of North America and are interested in buying your fabrics. How can we do business together?
      Because exporting requires additional time to handle details, we focus our attention serving overseas companies who are ready to do business. That means you have decided on fabrics, know your import costs and if ordering open stock styles, order a minimum of one roll. To order fabric and swatches, the order must be on a purchase order. The purchase order must reference the buyer's FedEx, UPS or DHL account number.
    12. Why must I fill out a purchase order form? It protects you, the buyer. There is no question of what you are ordering. In the purchase order, you state clearly what you are agreeing to buy, when you want it, where you want it delivered, how you want it shipped. As all the information is in one document, your order can be proceed smoothly.
    13. Is your fabric made of U.S. grown cotton? Sometimes yes, other times no. There are only a handful of U.S. organic farmers and they export much of their fiber. U.S. farmers command higher pricing. To offer affordable, stable pricing, and good quality our U.S. mills import organic fiber sometimes.
  2. Definition of Organic and Certification Standards
    1. What is the current definition of an organic fabric?
      The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was created in 1996 by companies such as Patagonia who utilized organic fiber, agricultural and trade group non profits promoting the use of organic fiber and certifiers that inspect materials and processes. GOTS is a voluntary standard that is now the world standard. It touches on every aspect of manufacture but sometimes leaves out detail. The historic standards such as the American, JAS, Control Union continue to be referenced in certifying organic textiles. The U.S. regulations pertaining to food apply to cotton cultivation. This is because cotton seed oil is a food crop. The Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) is this country's law pertaining to how the organic cotton is grown in any organic cotton product sold in the U.S.
    2. Are the organic textiles on the market certified from field to finishing?
      Some are, some are are not. The market has not always borne the cost of certifying each stage of the manufacture. Spinner, weavers, finishers do not feel it is worth it to pay to certify. More likely than not, a U.S. organic fiber product is not certified from field to finishing. We still request our milling partners use the GOTS approved products on the certified organic cotton achieving the same results as a GOTS certified fabric. IN addition, each stage of the manufacturing keeps a record of the organic material which is passed along in the next stage of production. We keep these records tracking the entire production of the organic fabric. Overseas, mills are more likely to be certified from field to fabric to clothing manufacture but not always. Please ask us about any fabric you are interested in. We will tell you it's certification details.
    3. How is organic cotton grown differently than regular cotton?
      Organic farming nurtures the soil’s biological life. Conventional cotton deadens the soil, kills most everything in the name of controlling pests. Organic farming fosters the health of a diversity of insects, birds, soil microbes, and worms. Insects injurious to cotton are held in check by this diversity. Organic farmers rotate crops to allow the soil to rest. Cover crops are grown and natural fertilizers are applied to improve the soil for the long term.
      Chemicals commonly applied to conventionally grown cotton are neuro-toxins, contact bird killers, carcinogens, mutagens and teratogens. For more information on distinctions read below, Incorporating Organic Into Your Line.
      Organic cotton is grown with non GMO seed. The majority of conventional cotton seed in the U.S. is GMO.
    4. How about the manufacturing of organic textiles?
      Manufacturing to the organic standard requires mills to special order, educate themselves and sometime retool to utilize different sizes, oils, detergents, scours, dyes, and auxiliaries. Mills shut down lines and clean equipment prior to running the organic. Goods must be segregated to avoid contact with everything else in the mill. Paperwork is generated to track materials and goods. Organic standards mandate responsible wastewater disposal systems be in effect and workers are treated fairly.
    5. What is certification, and who are the certifiers?
      Certification involves on-site inspection, inspector’s reporting, review of the report by the certification administrative board in light of the standard, and a certifier’s decision to certify or not the operations of the farm, gin, spinner, mill, dye house, or finishing facility. Certifiers are independent nonprofit and for-profit companies that inspect the fiber farming, each step of the manufacture, and all record keeping according to the designated organic fiber standard. Certification is voluntary and not mandated by law.
    6. Are the standards of organic fabric codified under the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), or other U.S. Federal law?
      The growing of organic fiber is regulated per the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) as it relates to the growing of crops. The National Organic Program which administrates the organic law says that the USDA organic label can only be used when the organic cotton is grown to the tenants of the law. The Federal Trade Commission regulations apply to language on labels of all textile products in the U.S. Other than this, the Federal government does not regulate the manufacturing of organic cotton fabrics or items made of organic cotton.
  3. Claims and Returns
    1. How are claims and returns handled?
      We represent the fabrics of several manufacturers in addition to our own goods. Each company has its own policy. Make sure you inspect your goods upon arrival. The policy is stated on the invoice and in any contract you execute. It is the responsibility of the buyer to examine the goods upon receipt and notify the seller of variation immediately. There is a time limit on making claims that begins upon notice of delivery. Sew Eco-Logical’s policy is to stand behind the product we manufacture. We must be notified immediately of problems. We will ask for documentation from our buyer. We will need access to claimed fabric. A review of the fabric is a requisite to any action on our part.
      On program / custom orders, the contract covers how claims will be handled.
      On open stock orders, a return authorization must be issued prior to a return. Only uncut, unwashed goods may be returned. If a return authorization is issued on first quality goods, the buyer will pay for the return freight. Again the claim must be made within the period stated on the invoice. It is the buyer's responsibility to know the terms with regard to claims and returns.
  4. Payment Options
    1. What are my payment options?
      Sew Eco-Logical accepts cash, Mastercard or Visa on wholesale orders. Credit is not extended on first order or orders of minimum quantities of a single roll or less. Credit is extended based upon a strong credit report. Credit investigations may slow processing and shipping of an order. On program orders, deposits or prepayment may be required. On bolt orders, placed from our Sew Eco Etsy Shop we accept PayPal and other credit cards.
    2. Who pays for color matching?
      This is dependent on the line. Generally the cost of color matching the first time and, if necessary, the second time is included in the price of the fabric. Should your company not order the fabric, Sew Eco-Logical and its associates reserve the right to receive reimbursement for the lab costs plus handling for the completed color matches, a minimum of $89.00. If a third color match is requested by the buyer, we reserve the right to charge for the cost of the 3rd color match.
  5. Incorporating Organic Into Your Line
    1. Where do I find more information about the benefits of organic cotton?
      Visit the following web sites:
    2. How can you assist me in making the case to my company’s management to go organic?
      We can arrange for an invitation to one of two farm tours, either the Sustainable Cotton Project’s annual tour of cotton agriculture or the TOMC field day. The tours are held in late September/early October in the San Joaquin Valley and northwest Texas respectively. These are eye opening experiences and key to understanding the severe problems associated with cotton agriculture and the opportunities for your company to be part of the solution!
  6. Confidentiality
    1. Will my name and address be shared?
      No. We do not sell or exchange customer information.
    2. Will you keep in confidence information I share with you regarding my business plan and products?
      Yes. What you share with us will stay with Sew Eco-Logical and our production associates.

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