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Do you know about REACH ?

Posted on May 8, 2009 at 15:11 0 Comments

REACH is a new EU law which plans on banning certain chemicals that can be harmful to both humans and the environment.

This legislation is in force now and there is a list of substances(candidate list) which are under consideration.

Why am I telling you this ?

As consumers the REACH legislation has empowered us.

if you ask a retailer whether his product contains any harmful chemicals, he has to give you a written response within 45 days by law and if… Continue

Eco textile standards

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 10:47 1 Comment

Hi ,

We are a textile testing and certification company based in the U.K.We currently offer two eco-textile schemes.

The first is Oekotex 100 and Oekotex 1000.We have been running this scheme for the last 14 years,oekotex 100 is a series of tests that we carryout on textiles to ensure that there are no harmful chemicals present in the textile.

The tests carriedout are determined by the type of textile.Over 8000 companies… Continue

Question for fashion designers ?

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 13:58 0 Comments

Hi There,

We are a textile testing and certification company based in the U.K.We currently run two eco schemes.Oeko tex 100 and "made in Green".

We are exploring a new and exciting sustainable project and I was hoping that if you are a designer reading this might you might be able to help with our research.

As a designer what influences your choice in choosing a fabric for a new design and in what priority,i,e,Price,design,material,ethics?I am trying to understand your influence… Continue

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At 6:31 on September 14, 2009, Udaya Bikram Thapa said…
Hello there Asif
Namaste from Nepal! I just wanted to drop you a line about our company, 'Heaven Hemp' here in Kathmandu which I run with my (British) wife. I've been working here in Nepal since 2002 when I set up my own workshop (we have a permanent team of 8) to design manufacture and export ethically produced natural fibre goods - wild hemp, wild nettle, banana, peace silk, wool and bamboo.
We now export clothes, accessories, homeware, fabric and yarn to the UK, Norway, the US, Japan and India. As well as using power-loomed natural fibre blends for our clothes, we also source wild hemp and wild nettle yarn and fabric (naturally organic) from farming families in the hills who hand-spin the yarn and hand-weave it on small looms. We have also just started to design and make our own handloomed fabrics too.
You can see some of our products at, including the new ‘balika’ range of kids' clothes which Rosie (my wife) designed (and my kids modelled!) The site is our wholesale catalogue. We are trying to spread the word about what we do to create interest in our products, create jobs, and to keep the tradition of hand spun yarn and hand loomed cloth alive in Nepal.

Please drop me a line if I can tell you anything more,

Take care

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