Tootal goes sustainable

 

Tootal Fabrics (Holland) B.V. is introducing a sustainable fabric collection, which we consider as a necessary step to contribute to a more sustainable approach in our industry and to the ecological awareness of the customers and consumers.

The production and manufacturing of textile is a water and chemical intensive process, which has a negative impact on our planet. The world turns a blind eye towards the textile industry being one of the biggest polluters.
Tootal Fabrics (Holland) B.V. takes responsibility by offering a sustainable fabric collection and to help reducing this impact.

In order to contribute to a more ecological approach in the textile and apparel industry and increase the awareness of customers and consumers about ecological influences, we believe it is a necessary step to work with more sustainable fabrics.
We have been introducing an increasing number of sustainable fabrics in our collection in the recent period and will continue with this.

As one of the leading European suppliers of fabrics for the global textile and apparel industry (fashion & corporate wear), we will support our customers by a continuous development of our sustainable collection for helping them in their commitment
to sustainable procurement. 

 

 

 

 

Our approach to go sustainable

We made first steps towards sustainability years ago already by certifying our entire fabric collection by Oekotex Standards and covering the European Union REACH regulation, which is adopted to improve the protection to human health and the environment that can be posed by chemicals. 

We are certified by and comply with the worldwide recognized standards such as: GOTS, GRS and OCS. Beside these certifications we are member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). Our whole supply chain is monitored by these organizations to ensure that highest standards are kept year after year by Tootal Fabrics (Holland) B.V..

At present we offer sustainable fabrics with organic cotton and recycled polyester as well as eco-friendly fabrics such as Tencel®, viscose, linen and bamboo as part of our standard collection. 

All digital print items can be provided with BCI credits as well as with GOTS and GRS certificates, where the latter include coverage of the ink/dye stuff being sustainable.

Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

Tootal Fabrics (Holland) B.V. is a proud member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is the largest sustainability programme for cotton in the world. This initiative improves the farming conditions of cotton globally, supports worker’s wages and reduces chemical treatments. As BCI member we support BCI certified farmers, we are able to purchase raw material from these farmers and contribute to a lower impact on the environment. With more than 1.5 million licensed farmers from 22 countries on five continents, the BCI initiative has become a worldwide success. Tootal Fabrics (Holland) B.V. is proud to be a member of the Better Cotton Initiative. This means BCI credits (BCCU) can be provided against our comprehensive fabric range of cotton and cotton blends. 

BCI number: 1003976-1

 

 

 

 

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is produced and certified to agricultural standards. This means that every step in production from seed to fabric is sustainable by using organic growth methods and a reduction of the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. 
We recently added organic cotton fabrics to our collection. 

 

GOTS

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) concerns a textile production certification that limits the use of toxic bleaches, dyes and other chemical inputs during the production process of textiles. GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. Tootal Fabrics (Holland) B.V. is a Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) - certified supplier! This allows us to provide non-genetically modified raw material, produced without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides. The GOTS certificate also covers the ink/dye stuff being sustainable. At present we offer GOTS-certified fabrics with 100% organic cotton as well as 97% organic cotton / 3% stretch. 

Certified by Control Union: CU1005339

 

 

OCS

The Organic Content Standard (OCS) is a standard for tracking and verifying the content of organic materials in a final product and ensures that minimum 5% of the fabric is made of organic material. Besides the OCS certification for organic blends, there is also the OCS Organic 100. OCS Organic 100 is a label grade for 100% organic material. 

Certified by Control Union: CU1005339

 

 

 

GRS

The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) standard ensures that the fabric has at least one material component consisting of more than 50% of recycled material. In our case we talk about recycled polyester. The GRS certificate also covers the ink/dye stuff being sustainable.

Certified by Control Union: CU1005339

 


 

Sustainable digitally printed fabrics 

Digital printing is a more sustainable process of fabric printing. It has less impact on the environment because digital print uses only 1/3 of water compare to traditional print and saving energy. There are no screens or cylinders to produce. This also minimizes the environmental, carbon footprint.

All our digital print items can be offered with BCI. If you require a digital print fabric with GOTS and GRS certificates we can do, because we work with certified sustainable ink/dye.

 

Customer Specific Sustainable Fabric

Besides our existing collections, Tootal Fabrics (Holland) B.V. is an expert in producing custom made fabrics for as well as the fashion or the corporate market (uniform shirts for banks, governmentinstitutions, etc.). From now on we also offer custom made sustainable fabrics, which can be supplied with a certificate.

Please contact us with your special requirements.

 

 

Related eco-friendly fabrics

(no GOTS, OCS, GRS certification applicable)

 

Eco-friendly Fabrics

We currently stock the following range of fabrics with ecofriendly materials: Tencel (Lyocell) - Bamboo - Viscose - Linen. Each of these natural fibres has its own ecofriendly characteristics. In particular the cellulose fibres of lyocell, bamboo and viscose feels soft on the skin.

 

Tencel from Lenzing Fibres

Tencel is a cellulose fibre, which is made by dissolving wood pulp and using a special drying process called spinning. Tencel has good absorption characteristics and is 50% more absorbent than cotton. The fibres are more breathable and less susceptible to bacteria growth. These fabrics are perfect for activewear or day to day comfort. Tencel is part of our standard collection and comes in three different variations.

Bamboo

Bamboo fabrics are made from Bamboo plants. Bamboo is fast growing, strong and requires less water than the production of cotton for example. It is truly an amazing product similar to Tencel and can be found in our standard collection. This fabric is available in several colours.

 

Viscose

Viscose (also called Rayon) is made of a semi-synthetic fibre and made from wood pulp, a cellulose-based raw material from fast growing trees such as eucalyptus. Our Viscose collection is available in the following colours: white, ecru, pink, purple, grey, beige, red, dark blue, light blue and black. We can also create digitally printed designs on these Viscose fabrics by our European digital print source.

 

Linen

Linen textiles are made from flax plants. The fibres are very strong, corrugating and it dries faster than cotton. Linen is valued for its coolness in hot and humid weather. Garments made of Linen fabrics are very durable and longlasting when treated correctly. In our standard collection you will find 100% Linen and a Linen/Cotton blend in plain colours and yarn dyed designs.