We use only certified Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) fabric to make the best quality blankets. GOTS is the worldwide leading textile manufacturing and processing standard for organic fabrics and fibers. GOTS certification ensures that throughout the manufacturing supply chain the people making your blankets are paid a living wage, work in safe and clean conditions, and are not working for too many hours at a time.
Conventionally produced cotton is laden with pesticides and insecticides, using more toxins than almost any other crop. Frankly, conventionally made blankets are not good for your family or the earth. Pesticides poison farmers and the run-off seeps into drinking water, lakes and streams. Factory workers have to breathe in fumes from cotton chemicals when producing textiles and we feel the harmful effects of non-organic cotton. Headaches, rashes, irritated skin and a build up of carcinogens in our bodies can be the end-result.
When founding Gray Heron, we had a choice: find a fabric that would maximize profits or take our time, limit our impact on the earth, pay workers all along the supply chain a living wage, and stand behind our product, knowing that you will sleep and snuggle under a blanket made responsibly. Every decision we make at Gray Heron, we do so with the utmost respect for the earth, for you the customer, and for all of the people who help grow, make and deliver our textiles. Although it means we will be small-scale and take less by the way of profits, it's just the way we have to do business.
In short, the organic fiber certification means there are no harmful chemicals or pollutants used to make your blanket. You can rest easy under your Gray Heron, knowing that it was made the right way.