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MetaWear Opens GOTS-Certified Factory in Virginia

Red, white and blue just got a little greener. Eco-friendly promotional T-shirt maker MetaWear has opened the U.S.A.’s first Global Organic Textile Standard-certified (GOTS) ethical manufacturing and dye factory.

Located in a refurbished Verizon facility in Fairfax, Virginia, it’s the country’s only solar and geothermal-powered operation that provides cutting, sewing, dyeing and screen-printing of GOTS-certified organic cotton T-shirts using SeaInk, a proprietary dye process that uses seaweed-based inks with no toxic inputs such as PVC, resins or binders.

“We adhere to the most stringent global processing standards and offer earth-conscious, socially responsible and flawlessly-fitting screen-printed apparel — perfect for promoting companies’ brands and messages,” Marci Zaroff, MetaWear co-founder and president, an eco-advocate who played a leading role in defining the GOTS, said in a statement.

In addition to being GOTS-certified and paying its staff a livable wage, MetaWear produced the world’s first Cradle-to-Cradle Certified fashion T-shirts for Under the Canopy, Zaroff’s line of clothing and home furnishing made from organic cotton and other natural fabrics.

“Authenticity and transparency in the supply chain add value and cheap, toxic T-shirts are no longer seen as acceptable,” she continued. “The days of conventional GMO cotton, plastisol inks, hazardous dyes and exploited workers are over.”