More often than not, ethical manufacturing practices and the textile industry seem to be somewhat of an oxymoronic thought. MetaWear, a screen-printing apparel company based in Fairfax, Virginia has launched the first and only American-based Global Organic Textile Standard– certified factory of its kind. Powered by solar and geothermal processes, MetaWear’s factory is setting the standard for ethical, eco-friendly textile production and manufacturing in the U.S. MetaWear creates customized screen-printing apparel using seaweed-based inks and fair trade–certified organic cotton.

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“MetaWear is extremely proud to be paving the way for today’s textile industry here in the U.S.,” says Marci Zaroff, MetaWear’s co-Founder and president, in a statement.. We adhere to the most stringent global processing standards, and offer earth-conscious, socially responsible, and flawless-fitting apparel –perfect for promoting companies’ brand and messages.”

Located in a refurbished Verizon facility, MetaWear manufactures custom screen-printed T-shirts for men and women using “SeaInk”, a proprietary dye process using a seaweed-derived base that does not contain any harmful inputs such as PVC, resins, or binders. “With SeaInk, MetaWear can avoid the harmful impact of standard dyes without sacrificing color vibrancy,” says Cas Shiver, Metawear Co-Founder and mastermind behind the company’s ink development and eco-friendly energy practices.

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GOTS is the world’s platinum standard for the processing of organic textiles. Anything certified with the GOTS organic seal must contain a minimum of 95 percent certified-organic fibers compared to the “made with organic” certification, which requires a minimum of 70 percent certified-organic fibers.

In a world where environmentally-friendly practices in manufacturing seem to be nonexistent, MetaWear is proving that ethical, sustainably-conscious practices in clothing manufacturing is possible if not, more beneficial.

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