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ETHICAL AND ENVIROMENTAL POLICY:

- We are fully committed to supporting only organic production within our collections.

- We will do everything possible to limit our carbon emission and our impact in the environment

- Our fabric and potential garment suppliers must adhere to our policy and safe and fair practises within their organisation

- We recycle everything we can. We only use recycled packaging for shipping and fabric packaging for garments (even our stickers are recycled)

- We will only use animal products that are a by-product of the meat industry. Our current collection only contains recycled leather that complies with EU policies.

- We will always work alongside artisans and support traditional skills.

Organic Cotton

Conventional Cotton represents around 10% of world agriculture and uses around 25% of the world’s pesticides. Conventional cotton farmers live in conditions of horrible poverty and near starvation. Cotton is typically used in clothing and bedding and the by-products and toxins used in convectional grown cotton can cause skin irritation such as redness, rashes and itching. Organic cotton is grown with no chemicals, herbicides or any nasty pesticides; therefore it will not induce allergic reactions that commercial cotton might. 

Each t-shirt made with commercial cotton uses a quarter of a pound of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. These chemicals run off and contaminate ground water, plant and animal life found in streams and rivers and drinking water.

There is no irradiation or genetic engineering involved in the production of organic cotton. As the insects that invade cotton become immune to the chemicals involved in production, new chemicals are used on an ongoing basis.

Organic Cotton fields attract more insects, wild animals and wild plants. Together these work to keep the environment alive and sustainable. The soil is healthier and more fertile and our waters are cleaner and less polluted.

By choosing Organic Cotton, farmers and soil are not exposed to dangerous chemicals, the clothes are therefore chemical free, kinder and softer to our skin and therefore better for our health.

Raw Esparto

GrassEsparto, also known as “wiry Mediterranean grass" or "needle grass" (Macrochloa tenacissima and Stipa tenacissima) is a tough, coarse perennial grass grown in the southern part of Spain. The slender, wiry grass has been used for basketry, ropes, and shoes since ancient times. Our Espadrilles are all hand-crafted by Spanish artisans in Valencia, Spain.

Scottish Tweed 

Tweed is a rough, unfinished woollen fabric of a soft, open and flexible texture. It is made in either plain or twill weave and may have a check patterns.   At Gracia Woman we chose 775 grams tweeds, which makes them one of the heaviest tweed available in Scotland and are moisture-resistant and durable.  Our lovely Tweeds have been inspired by the British Country Side in the early autumn months.

Oeke-Tex Standard Certification

Oeke-Tex Standard 100 is a series of tests which create a quality standard for textiles, buttons and ribbons ensuring that the product at each stage of its manufacturer is free from harmful substances. This certificate is very important if the product is being used in clothing which may be in contact with the skin. Felt used in our jackets, Mother-of-Perl Buttons used in our shirts, engraved buttons and all ribbons used in our collections meet Oeke-Tex Standard 100. 

Soy

Soy protein fibre is a by-product of the pressing of soy oil. Soy fabric is a highly renewable resource and fully biodegradable. Like wool, soy is very warm in winter and cool in summer. Unlike wool, it has UV protection and it is moisture-repellent. Soy is the only plant-based protein fibre and it is ideal for sensitive skin. Soy protein resembles silk with beautiful drape and warmth.

Merino Wool

Merino wool comes from merino sheep, originally from the Spanish Saxon merino sheep. These sheep produce very fine and soft wool. Merino wool wicks sweat from your skin to keep you dry. Its properties keep you cool when it is hot and warms you when it is cold, which makes merino wool ideal for any weather. For this Autumn 2011 Collection we have used Italian Navy Blue Merino wool.

Feather Brooch

Our Navy Blue Burghley Blazer comes with a detachable handmade feather brooch for a country style look. The design, dying of the feathers and processing before manufacturing of the feather brooch are all carried out on the premises in Axminster, Devonshire, England.

The pheasant feathers come from bird farming waste and/or a by-product waste from meat faming processes. At GraciaWoman, we take any laws relating the protection of animals and wild birds very seriously and not a single feather has been taken from birds in the wild or protected game birds. Our supplier complies with the British laws relating wild birds and animal protection. 

Cactus-Silk

Sabra Silk is a luxurious fabric made from the Sabra Agave Cactus. The Sabra fabric is a 100% vegetable-vegan silk blend of extracted filaments from the aloe cactus It has been produced and sought for its quality, strength and beauty since millennia. Due to its elasticity, Sabra-Silk is free of wrinkles. Gracia Woman has been working with a small community of artisans to produce beautiful vegan silks in Burgundy, Navy Blue, Sea Green and Gold colours. 

                                                                                                      Our Cactus Silk in burgundy used in our Equestrian Collection

Bamboo Silk

Bamboo Silk is a natural fibre that is grown in China without the use of any pesticides. It is a self-regenerating plant that grows to full maturity in about seven years.  Bamboo has natural anti-bacterial properties which makes it extremely suitable for people that suffer allergies to other fabrics. Even after as many as 50 washings, this anti-bacterial factor remains and will eliminate more than 70% of bacteria on the fabric.

Hemp 

Hemp is one of the strongest fibres found in nature. It has 8 times the strength of cotton, causing it to also be an extremely durable textile. Hemp is resistant to UV light and mildew and provides great insulating qualities and is quite absorbent. Because it grows very quickly, a hemp field can be re-planted and harvested each year, with minimal damage to the soil.

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