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
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