Being a small business has its benefits, one being that we’re able to be open and transparent about each part of our business in full circle, from growing our flax in France right through to how your sheets arrive on your doorstep.
We’re in regular contact with our farmers in Normandy, and have insights into their daily activities and the ways in which they grow the flax - free from chemicals and is focused on water-saving irrigation. From here, the material is sent to a family-owned factory nearby Hong Kong, where it is manufactured. From the very beginning we have visited this factory regularly, understanding their ways of working. We’ve even spent time with our team there helping to sew on our labels and having the staff teach us the secrets to folding our fitted sheets! It was so important to us that we came into close contact with the full process of our product’s manufacturing, in order to fully appreciate the time and effort that goes into each and every piece. They really are an extension of our small business, and are really connected on every decision.
You can sleep comfortably knowing the linen you have purchased from C&G were created with sustainability in mind, right through to the 100% compostable, zero-waste packaging it is mailed to you in.
We’re happy to answer any other questions you might have personally about our manufacturing process at any time, just send us an email here.
1. Our Packaging
Packaging is an important part of our product, too. It must be packed in something sturdy in order to arrive safely. Flax linen is a natural plant, so we want to ensure this remains right through to the packaging as well, and so we pack all our items in 100% French linen carry bags, which can then be used to store your linen in - meaning it needn’t be thrown away. The pack is posted in 100% recycled packaging. We have said no to plastic or any materials that don't degrade or can’t be reused again.
2. Dying Our Linen to Create Beautiful Colours
We have made an active choice to design with quality and health in mind, and so no formaldehyde is used to set our environmental dyes, meaning less toxins for your body. However, this does mean our dye isn’t as firmly set as other brands, so we recommend drying your linen in the shade after washing to ensure the colour does not fade. Our dye factory is owned by the same family as the one where our linen is cut and woven, and we remain in close contact regularly to ensure the practises we set are being adhered to.
We can proudly say that Carlotta + Gee linen is OEKO-TEX certified - meaning that our fabric is tested to make sure no harmful substances are used before it’s sent to us. A stamp of approval is sent with every shipment highlighting that our flax is authentically grown in France before being sent to be manufactured.
We are also certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which is recognized as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. What makes it different from other certifications is that it includes a list of process-related criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain. To obtain a certification, our linen needs to comply with social criteria such as working conditions, pay, and stringent health and safety standards throughout the supply chain, and so we’re proud to have this certification for C&G.
The SA8000 Standard is a document which is independently audited in relation to the protection of workers’ rights. By having this certificate, it means that the factory has upheld SA8000 compliance for three years beforehand and continues to do so with regular checks.