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Aurum Organic Becomes First US Fully Certified Organic Apparel Company

Burlington, Vt.-based organic cotton clothing manufacturer Aurum Organic Klothing LLC has announced it is the first company in the nation to achieve full organic apparel certification. Aurum Organic's clothing has been certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) by the Institute of Marketecology, demonstrating that all raw materials are organic and the chemical inputs and processes used to produce the goods pose no threat to the environment. All of Aurum Organic's clothing has met either the Organic Exchange's OE 100 Standard for fiber traceability of 100-percent certified organic cotton; or the OE Blended Standard for fiber traceability of products comprising a minimum of 5-percent organic cotton.

Aurum Organic manufactures its apparel -- made with US Department of Agriculture Certified Organic Cotton -- in India at a GOTS-certified facility that uses wind, water and wood power for its operations. Once the apparel arrives in the United States, Aurum decorates the clothing at its GOTS-certified screen-printing facility in New Bedford, Mass., using GOTS-certified water-based inks.

Aurum Organic also has created its own Carbon Neutral Program for end-use customers. Through Chicago-based Carbon Neutral Clothing™, an independent third-party certifier, the company calculates a manufacturer's carbon footprint from cotton growing through manufacturing and distribution in the United States. Customers can then choose carbon offset providers to team with -- such as NativeEnergy Inc.; The Carbon Trust, England; and Portland, Ore.-based Bonneville Environmental Foundation -- to build renewable energy projects, which are explained on the apparel's custom hang tags made from recycled, seed or stone paper.

Aurum Organic's current apparel line includes men's, women's and toddlers' short-sleeve T-shirts as well as infant rompers. The company expects to add microthermal and fleece garments to the product line in the future.

December 1, 2009