Patagonia Men's Oily Olas Organic Shirt Green - Size - Large. Is being made from organic cotton really such a big dealOnly if not using toxic pesticides and saving 27 gallons of water is important to you.Patagonia's Oily Olas Organic Shirt is made from ringspun, long-staple (exceptionally fine and strong) organic cotton. This lightweight shirt uses no toxic pesticides, benefits soil quality and biodiversity and saves 27 gallons of water compared to a conventional cotton shirt. But that's not where the responsible manufacturing ends. The original artwork by American illustrator Tim Tomkinson is screen-printed across the chest using inks that are PVC- and phthalate-free. Oily Olas (olas is Spanish for waves) was inspired by the famous Japanese woodblock print from the 1800s, The Great Wave. Tomkinson portrays an oil derrick being engulfed by Mother Ocean. Did we also mention these shirts are sewn at a Fair Trade Certified factory (More on that below.) 4-oz 100% organic cotton ringspun jersey. Imported.The DesignThe crewneck styling and taped shoulder seams allow for greater comfort and fit retention. Another design feature Patagonia added is sturdy side seams that keep your shirt from twisting and shrinking when washed.The FabricThe Oily Olas Organic shirt is made from ringspun, long-staple organic cotton thats sourced from member farms of the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative. Organic cotton is grown without harmful chemicals with methods that support biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, improve the quality of soil and often use less water. The yield is high, and the quality of the cotton is equal to or better than conventionally grown cotton. So why isn't all cotton grown organically then Well organic farming is more time consuming, requires more knowledge and skill and (the kicker) costs more. But those of us who are committed to protecting our environment think its worth it.Fair Trade Certified SewingWhat makes a factory Fair Trade Certified Rigorous standards for health and safety, respect for the environment, no child or forced labor, maternity and paid leave, community empowerment and additional money back to workers. Patagonia pays a premium for every Fair Trade Certified item that carries their label. That extra money goes directly back to the factory workers, and they decide how to spend it. They can allocate it as a cash bonus, use it for
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