More than the market price, is received by the farmer; to cover the farm cost and promote fair compensation.
Of employees who work at NatureTex are females; to promote equality at the workplace..
Life Long Learning &
Of the working time in NatureTex is dedicated to art and self-development activities; to promote wellbeing and
happiness at work.
Of carbon is emitted through the production and transportation of
The T-shirts start as cotton flowers, with the variety Giza 95. This specific kind of cotton is grown in Egypt, close to the city Faiyum located in the southwest of Cairo. This high-quality long-staple cotton is delicately grown; with the most holistic way of organic agriculture, called biodynamic.
During the cultivation of the cotton, no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers were used. In this way, the farmer preserves the biodiversity of the soil and surrounding, and protect the water and air from pollution, as well his own health.
EoL certified cotton is sold at a higher price to ensure that the farmers’ economic situation improves and they become more self-sufficient and support the development of their community.
Economy of Love links the farmers to associations that provide consultancy and information about regenerative/biodynamic agriculture to develop their knowledge about agricultural techniques to help them move from income insecurity to self-sufficiency.
Meet The Farmers
get to the source of production
Farmer in Wahat Oasis, Egypt
Waleed is living with his family in SEKEM Wahat farm in El Wahat El Baharya. He is a passionate biodynamic farmer who engages in farm work wholeheartedly. Together with his colleagues, he cultivates the farmland in the desert of Wahat.
Farmer in Aswan, Upper Egypt
Abd-El Dayem is cultivating the farmland of his family. He is considered as a pioneer in his village and is active in convincing and supporting his neighbours and friends to adopt sustainable agriculture on their lands.
Farmer in Fayoum, Egypt
Ali El-Sayed is an owner of two farms, Zayad and Kareem farm. He has been using organic and biodynamic farming methods since he started. His uncle inspired him to embark on such an endeavor in 1998. He then started the cooperation with SEKEM.
Farmer in Fayoum, Egypt
Essam El-Deen is a farm owner and Sekem supplier from the area of Fayoum. Together with his family Essam has a small piece of land where they use a crop rotation and grow numerous different crops, especially also Chamomile.
Processing(Ginning and Spinning)
The process starts with ginning, where the cotton fiber is cleaned. After this, it becomes ready to go to the spinning mill to be spun into thin yarn for the fabric. NatureTex outsources these processes to suppliers who are certified by GOTS, which ensures organic production; with no toxic chemicals in any part of the production process. Although they’re not EoL certified, however, they abide by their Code of Conduct.
Following the principle of circular economy, some seeds are returned to the farm, where the cotton was initially cultivated, to be reused; for the next season. While the rest are used for oil or animal fodder.
The spinning of the cotton is outsourced to a company located in Sadat city, in the northwest of Cairo. They are GOTS certified which ensures organic yarn production.
In addition to the environmental criteria, fair treatment and well-being in the workplace are granted through individual certification schemes. Along with the health and safety training the workers receive.
Processing( Knitting, Dyeing and Fnishing)
Moving on to the next step, the spun yarn goes through a process called Knitting, which gives us both; the single jersey fabric and the rib fabric for the neckline. After the knitting process, the fabric goes through the dyeing and finishing processes. Although these processes are outsourced, NatureTex exclusively works with GOTS-certified suppliers.
Dyes can have harmful chemicals that are bad for your skin as well as the environment. The GOTS certification ensures that the inputs being used in the processes of dying and finishing are Eco-friendly and non-hazardous, with no toxins and a high degree of biodegradability.
The dyeing facility located near Cairo abides by the most stringent legal requirements for the treatment of wastewater before its disposal.
Factory workers work in safe conditions, where the methods that may endanger the health and safety of the workers are prohibited.
Sewing & Finishing
Now the fabric arrives in NatureTex and gets tested to ensure the quality is according to the standards. When all is correct, the fabric is cut and sewn together then ironed, and the T-shirts are ready to go.
To ensure that nothing goes to waste, NatureTex sells the waste fabric from the cutting process to be recycled, and they reuse the organic cotton fiber waste from the spinning process to use as doll stuffing. As for the leftover stock fabric, it is turned into carpets.
Safety precautions are taken while operating machines in the factory to ensure the safety of the workers, in addition to the occupational medical assistance they receive.
NatureTex factory is implementing the Core Program which enables all factory employees to engage in courses of art, acting, music, origami and many more to promote happiness at work.
The T-shirts are now packaged individually in poly bags. After which, they are packed together in carton boxes: ready to be shipped and distributed to the retailers. Packaging materials have a huge impact on the products’ lifetime impact, and cannot be neglected.
The poly bags the t-shirts are packed in are made either from recyclable or recycled plastic, while the carton boxes are biodegradable.
The manufacturing and transportation of packaging materials such as carton boxes and poly bags are accounted for in the calculation of the product’s emissions; to actively work on reducing them.
As part of SEKEM holding, NatureTex, through its agricultural activities and tree planting, was able to sequester more CO2 than its emissions and thus continued to be carbon positive in 2020.
The T-shirts are now ready for distribution. They are transported by trucks to different local retailers and to ports to be shipped to NatureTex international customers.
The company’s transportation emissions are monitored to actively work on reducing them. That includes all the transportation required starting from the farm till it reaches the local/international retailers’ shelves.
NatureTex mainly and always prefers to use Sea freight for international shipments; to reduce emissions and to have the least possible overall impact on the environment.
As part of SEKEM holding, NatureTex offsets their carbon emissions through their agricultural activities, carbon sequestration, and tree planting. That way, when they ship using air freight, it is guaranteed that their emissions are offset.
Meet The Employees
The people who processed, packaged and distributed your product
Merchandiser in Naturetex
Vivan has been working in the merchandising department in Naturetex for 8 years. She’s very passionate about the field and hopes to continue doing it for as long as she can.
Quality and Production Engineer
Jing has been the quality supervisor at Naturtex for 14 years. She came to Egypt from the Philippines and stayed as she grew attached to her team, who became like family to her.
Packaging and Labeling Assistant
Yassmin lives in Galvina with her family. She was a student at SEKEM vocational schools, and has been a Naturetex employee for 13 years.
Textile Printing Engineer
Waleed is from Banha, he’s in charge of the silkscreen prints and colors in NatureTex printing house. He’s been a SEKEM employee for 23 years. He’s an avid worker who values his job.
What is the True Price?
Are there hidden costs that the price doesn't reflect?
True Price Comparision
Sustainably and ethically produced products add value to society and the environment. However, when comparing prices, we don’t take into account the long-term and externalized impact of the products we purchase. For example, we know that this Organic cotton emits Greenhouse gases – such as Co2. We also know that this costs society 0.042 USD/Kilo per kilo; however, we don’t know what conventionally grown cotton products cost society. Sometimes the price for conventional textile products are comparatively low – but its hidden costs are much higher. In order to give a fair purchasing decision to the consumer, we, in Economy of Love, want to make the invisible visible. Through this approach we can give power to the consumer who will be able to choose the right impact.
We encourage you to compare products based on their true price; the price that reflects the hidden costs that we and future generations eventually pay for.
This cultivation of Cotton costs up to 0.042 USD/Kilo, by emitting carbon into the atmosphere.
What is the Water Footprint?
Are there hidden costs that the price doesn't reflect?
By looking at a product’s water footprint, you can assess the amount of water used throughout the production process, from the farm until it becomes fabric. That way you can make an informed decision based on the product’s impact on water resources.
The water footprint of this T-shirt is 216 liters.
Since some countries have fewer water resources than others, it’s not only important to know how much, but also, where it comes from to appropriately measure your impact on those resources.
The Water Footprint of this Baby Body is 142.5 liters
Examples of Hidden Costs
Costs that are not reflected on the price tag, but are eventually paid by society
Society is paying taxes to clean water sources from agriculture’s chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, as well as the irresponsible disposal of wastewater from factories, in order to make it usable/drinkable water.
The use of pesticides in agriculture eventually affects the human body and therefore increases medical treatment costs.
Society has to bear the long-term cost caused by disruptive agriculture e.g. soil erosion, desertification, loss of biodiversity.
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We hope this information helped you Choose Your Impact!
And make mindful purchasing decisions that leave a positive impact on people and the environment
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