Pima cotton, otherwise known as Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, is a premium fiber that can be up to 40% stronger than basic upland cotton. Pima cotton became fashionable years ago when designers started discovering its softness yet durability. Its drapeability and flexibility lends itself to a wide variety of uses including fine knitwear and the softest plush toys.
The cotton is grown in only a limited number of countries around the world, Peru being one of the larger exporters. Our geographical position as neighbor to Peru gives us access to some of the best Peruvian pima cotton produced in the world.
Pima Cotton Properties
- good hand, soft
- takes color well
- lightweight yet warm
Consumers increased environmental concerns have not escaped the fashion industry. More and more organic and natural fibers are being used in collections as designers become conscious of their ability to impact the environment.
Organic cotton seeks to limit its environmental impact. It is made from non-genetically modified plants and is grown without the use of fertilizers or pesticides.
Non-organic cotton uses up to 16% of the world’s pesticides, more than any other single crop. Organic cotton on the other hand is eco-friendly, eliminating contaminants in ground water runoff and reducing soil erosion.
One of the top ten producers of organic cotton is Peru. Again, our close proximity to this production makes sourcing and using organic cotton a simple and encouraged practice. One of the most winning combinations we can offer because of this proximity is organic pima cotton – the softest, most durable cotton that has the added benefit of being environmentally friendly.
Organic Cotton Properties
- environmentally friendly
- socially responsible