Organic cotton fabric has the same quality as conventional cotton but not the negative impact on the environment. Organic cotton addresses most of the environmental challenges that the conventional cotton production faces.
It is grown from non-GMO seeds and without the use of pesticide, insecticide, or fertiliser. Unlike conventional cotton, organic cotton farmers use ancestral farming methods, including crop-rotation, mixed farming, or no-till farming to preserve the soil.
Several organisations have established certifications for organic cotton such as GOTs, USDA-NOP, Organic Content Standards. Certification is the only proof that a product is truly organic.
Unfortunately, only 0.7% of global cotton production is organic. Organic farming not only protects the farmer and surrounding residents from harmful substances but it also uses around 70% less water to produce than conventional cotton. The World Wildlife Organisation (WWF) suggests it takes 20,000 litres of water to produce one kilogram of non-organic cotton which is equivalent to a single T-shirt and a pair of jeans.
Recycled polyester, often called rPet, is made from recycled plastic bottles. It is a great way to divert plastic from our landfills. The production of recycled polyester requires far fewer resources than that of new fibres and generates less CO2 emissions.
There are two ways to recycle polyester; mechanical and chemical.
Mechanical recycling involves plastic being melted to make new yarn. This process can only be done a few times before the fibre loses its quality.
Chemical recycling involves breaking down the plastic molecules and reforming them into yarn. This process maintains the quality of the original fibre and allows the material to be recycled infinitely, but it is more expensive.
It requires 70% less energy to produce rPet compared to virgin polyester but be aware it still takes years to break down once thrown away. Not to worry though as all our rPet products are covered within our free fixing service, meaning your Gallox apparel will be your go-to favourites for years to come.
Wool is a renewable natural fibre which has loads of benefits if farmed in a sustainable manner. Sheep survive by grazing, which can have a positive impact on certain types of ecosystems when it is well- managed. Our Jumpers and beanies are made of British wool meaning the welfare of the animal is higher than some countries abroad.
Wool is hypoallergenic, resists soiling, has balanced thermal insulation (warm in winter, cool in the summer), and resists creasing.It also holds moisture without feeling wet which is why it is perfect for our changeable British climate and best of all it is 100% biodegradable.