Beech Organic Towels
Beech Brand’s Organic Towels, made with 100% GOTS* certified Organic Cotton, are the purest form to nature. We have taken a technique from the Indus Valley civilization (Ancient India), a technique that protects the resources of nature to provide our fabric with a completely organic process that leaves with no traces of any synthetic chemical or dyes. Learn more, read below:
The washing of processed greige cloth starts with removing sizing, gums and oils used in the course of weaving by washing with natural mineral-rich water and sea salts.
Fabrics are exposed to direct sunlight and use of plant amylase and sea salt base starts the bleaching process.
We use a natural Indigo Dye from plants and the cochineal (little dried bugs) that come directly from a 5 family co-op in Peru that use absolutely no chemicals. We hand dye each towel.
Finishing is done by sprinkling pure water on the cloth and then stretching under pressure, using hand rolls, aloe vera, and castor oil. After that we treat the towels with Beech Shield, an earth friendly Antimicrobial solution that bonds to the fiber of the towel on a molecular level, which means the technology will stay on the towel up to 100 washes, helping to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, algae, fungi (like haole rot) and mildew. So you can wash less, conserve water, and use less energy.
After the dyeing process is complete nothing is wasted – the solid and liquid waste is separated through the process of filtration. Since we use only plant material the solid material gets converted to manure and the liquid gets used for watering farms. Fabric scraps, usually buried in landfills are re-purposed as mattress filling, cotton waste is up-cycled into handmade paper and unused yarn is recycled.
Chemical dyeing processes use over 8000 different chemicals in its various stages and as much as 40 times the weight of the fabric in water. Even the “eco-friendly dyeing” or “low impact dyeing” available on organic cotton is still being dyed using large amounts of chemicals and dyes but in permissible limits. So they may be LOW impact but certainly not NO impact.
At Beech we want to provide a fabric that is completely Organic as well as having no traces of synthetic or chemical dyes. Studying the past we see how the Indus Valley civilization (Ancient India) mastered this technique and so we carry on the tradition of a simplify way to produce the purist form of Organic towels.
Available now exclusively at Patagonia Stores:
2185 San Elijo Ave.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
phone: (760) 634-9886
fax: (760) 632-8623
2936 Main St.,
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310) 314-1776
Fax: (310) 399-8216
*GOTS - The Global Organic Textile Standard (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.