Pima Cotton is native to Peru. The fiber is deeply tied to the traditions and culture of Peru, as indigenous people have cultivated the fiber for thousands of years there. Peruvian Pima Cotton, unlike other cotton varietals, is drought tolerant. This means that it takes 50% less water to grow. Utilizing this fiber is further preserving a tradition that provides income to many and helps the local economy of indigenous people. Our sources work directly with communities in Peru to provide opportunity and ensure that quality and ethical standards are met.
When it comes to natural fibers, the longer the staple, the softer the feel. Unlike most commercial cotton, Peruvian Pima Cotton is harvested entirely by hand. This allows for an exceptionally long staple and makes the product soft, durable, and resistant to pilling. Because of this durability, garments made of Peruvian Pima Cotton will naturally have a longer lifespan. That means you’ll be keeping them in your closet (and out of a landfill). If a 100% Peruvian Pima Cotton item ends up in a landfill it would take approximately 3 months to biodegrade depending on soil conditions.
Our vertical manufacturing process in Peru also makes this fabric one of our most sustainable. Our cotton is grown, harvested by hand, spun into yarn, knit into fabric, cut and sewn into garments locally (mostly in the city of Lima). A local “seed to garment” approach minimizes pollution from transportation and dramatically reduces our carbon footprint as compared to industry standard. It’s also important to note that our factories have made a commitment to ZERO WASTE. Our fabric scraps from cutting are bundled and then re-purposed into mops, rags, and mattress fillers ensuring a circular supply chain that keeps waste out of landfills.
ON AVERAGE, OUR PIMA COTTON T-SHIRT EMITS 11.4kg CO2e.
In other words, 34% lower emissions than the conventional equivalent.
Pima Cotton is an integral part of our fabric program. It's used to create our Reverse Slub, Poplin, and Voile fabrics. It is also used as a blend in our Linen Pima. Our Organic Cotton offerings are all made from Pima Cotton as well. Check out our breakdown of each below:
Our soft, midweight, 100% Organic Pima Cotton fabric is non-GMO fiber is USDA and GOTS certified organic. Growing and harvesting our Organic Pima Cotton leaves the soil, air, and water free of contaminants from harmful pesticides, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and defoliants. Which means it’s better for the land and safer for the workers.
We are proud to source our Organic Pima Cotton from Bergman/Rivera, a small family owned farm founded in 1986. Bergman/Rivera has been a pioneer in Organic Cotton promotion and sustainable practices in Peru and was the first Peruvian company to receive GOTS certification. This small family business supports more than 160 families across three different valleys in Peru. Farm workers are paid fair wages and treated with Fair Trade standards, and the GOTS certification also ensures traceability for the cotton fiber.
Linen Pima. Linen comes from the flax plant, is pesticide and fertilizer free, uses hardly any water to grow, and absorbs significantly more CO2 from the air than other crops. We’ve blended our linen with locally sourced pima cotton and the result is a breathable, chic, and eco-friendly fabric. You’re welcome.
Reverse Slub is our most popular, soft, lightweight, 100% Pima Cotton fabric. The slight marbled texture known as ‘slub’ comes from a slubbed yarn, which means that the yarn is thick and thin in irregular patterns. The result is a consistent, inconsistency that mimics the look of a perfectly worn-in tee.
Our midweight, 100% Pima Cotton Poplin undergoes a process called stonewashing, wherein pumice or volcanic stones bash and tumble the fibers. This results in the crisp Cotton Poplin fabric having a softer, worn in feeling that only gets better with each wash.
100% Pima Cotton Voile is our lightest weight Pima - the higher thread count results in a silky feel. It is light, breathable, and perfect for summer.