Available in Fat Quarters, Half Yards and Yards. 1
LENGTHS & MEASUREMENTS: One YARD is 36" (92cm) long by 54/55" (112cm) wide. One HALF YARD is 18" (46cm) long by54/55" (112cm) wide. One ¼ Yard FAT QUARTER is 18" (46cm) long by 27" (56cm) wide. Weight 5.40 ounces
Like most cottons, gentle washing preserves color and fibers longer. I recommend machine wash cold with like colors in a gentle cycle. Non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low and remove promptly to avoid wrinkling. Warm iron if needed.
Cloud9 Fabrics will meet a 5% or less shrinkage which is industry standard. When shrinkage is an issue, please be sure to wash and dry the fabrics per our suggested instructions before cutting and sewing.
The base fabrics are whitened with an organic, non-chlorinated, non-toxic bleaching technique which can result in a more natural cotton color. While synthetic and toxic chemicals can make fabrics amazingly white, the gentler nature of our technique yields a clean naturally white cotton.
Conventional dyeing and printing uses a myriad of toxins, including heavy metals, benzene, formaldehydes and organochlorides. The process requires large quantities of water to wash out the residues, which is then dumped into the local waters of the mills. Cloud9 Fabrics are printed with low impact dyes, which are petroleum based. Although they are made from a synthetic material, they are considered to be more eco-friendly in comparison to natural dyes for many reasons. One of the interesting benefits of using low impact dyes is they have a higher absorption rate, which means less dyestuff is actually required to adhere to fibers which also results in a lighter, softer fabric. Likewise, low impact dyes don't require toxic chemical mordants to fix the color to the fabrics as do natural dyes. Low impact dyes are often reclaimed from the liquid waste and the water is recyclable. Another added benefit is that they require less heat which saves energy.
ARE THERE ANY PERSONAL HEALTH BENEFITS TO USING ORGANIC COTTON? The information noted above may already convince some of the overall health benefits to our world and the people who process the cotton, but there are aspects of the chemically treated fabric production process which are perhaps less obvious: Most often, chlorine is used to whiten the fibers after weaving; sodium hydroxide is then used to scour or wash the fabric; then it is dyed or printed, typically with the use of formaldehyde fixing agents; finally, there is often the presence of the resin based urea-formaldehyde which is applied in the finishing process and which is heat bonded to cotton fiber for permanent adhesion to reduce shrinkage. This final product in all of its chemical-laden existence, is shipped directly to mills and to consumers