Pure and sustainable cotton
Our natural fibre organic and fairtrade cotton comes from Elmer &Zweifel . This is where our impact starts, because certified organic cotton is a powerful way to create ecological and social change.
The Elmer&Zweifel company are experts in their field. Founded in 1855 by two brothers, this company is sustainable at every level - from the cotton fields where both the soil and the farmers are nurtured, to the spinning, weaving, and finishing stage that happens before transport to our skilled team at the SlumberOrganix factory.
Passionate about sustainability, Emler &Zweifeluse solar power, generating more renewable energy in 2020 that they actually used! And, working with farmers in Uganda and Central Asia, they grow their own organic cotton in regions with sufficient rainfall. This means that as well as producing up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions than non-organic cotton, they also save a massive 88% less water! No genetically modified seeds, no artificial fertilizers and no pesticides are used there. Last, but not least, the impact for the real people who work in the fields needs to be addressed. The cotton farmers who work with Emler &Zweifelare treated with diginity, free to work with security, respect, and safety, with zero forced or child labour practises.
Honest from the inside out
It is that approach and attention to detail that makes us stand out from the crowd. So, instead of using an organic outer layer (great!) but a polyester filling (not great) like many other organic brands, we are different because everything is made using 100% organic material - even those with fillings.
As it should be.
When we are talking about 100% organic, we not just say so, we mean it. Different to many other organic baby sleeping bag brands we offer a fully and 100% organic cotton approach. This means, that also our fillings (same applies to HomeOrganix ranges) are made from pure organic cotton fleece and not with a single piece of polyester.
The Manufacturing Process of our Baby Sleeping Bags
1. Design and Product Development
Our teams from design and product development are constantly looking for alternative and innovative ideas to optimize our products sustainably or to expand our range in a meaningful way. After intensive trend and colour research, creative developments emerge that not only contribute to the needs of our customers, but also have a positive effect on the environment and people. Our teams are in constant communication with our partners and suppliers in order to guarantee the sustainability of our value chain.
2. Pattern and pattern sheets
Our first step refers to the pattern and pattern sheets. This entails the creation of pattern making for our different bags (ie feet, standard, with sleeves without sleeves, with different dividing seams). For every type of material and every model eg, for outer fabric (printed and plain), for quilted lining, for cuffs and for fixing inserts - a separate pattern is required.
Once those basic patterns are available, grading takes place, i.e. the different sizes are created.
Furthermore, and for production, pattern sheets are then created with the various sizes and materials and either cut using our insert cutter or using multi-layers and band knives. If possible, different sizes are combined to make optimal use of the material.
3. Preparatory work
Our second step refers to preparatory work. The following parts are processed beforehand before set together.
The cuff fabric is supplied as a circular knit, approx. 25 layers are placed on top of each other, and the different sizes are cut out. Next, they become sewn together with a special machine of a 4th thread overlocking machine (the seam is particularly elastic so that the seam does not tear when the cuffs are stretched). Then, the cuffs are turned and sent for coating. This is where the anti-slip knobs will be attached. The coating compound is applied with a sieve and then goes through a drying process before being sent back.
FRONT PARTS WITH EMBROIDERY
The plain-coloured interlock fabric is supplied as rolls of fabric. For this purpose, several layers are placed on top of one another according to the orders. The front pieces are cut out according to size and design. These are sent to our embroidery department. There they get embroidered and finally sent back to us.
The zippers are locked and provided with a "zipper garage" for the standard variant.
Compared to other organic brands, we apply our received organic cotton fleece and organic cotton jersey material from the manufacturer as separate goods. Both materials are now forwarded to the multi-needle quilting machines, which quilts both bales together in a diamond on a huge machine.
4. Cutting and sewing manufacture
According to the order, the corresponding production sheet and the barcodes for identification are printed out for each design, size, tog size, and quantity. It contains all the data that is needed for production as well as a corresponding material list and respective work steps.
First, all the ingredients are set up: labels, and all pre-processed parts such as zippers, cuffs and embroidery parts.
In the cut, all other parts are cut to size according to the cutting patterns: plain outer fabric, printed outer fabric, neck and sleeve cuffs, quilted lining and fixing insert. Now the parts are fixed in place, and they are reinforced so that, for example, the printer doesn’t tear or the protection over the zipper doesn’t rub through.
Now all components will be sent to the final manufacture confection where they become assembled. For example, this includes components such as front and back parts, quilled fillings, neck and sleeve cuffs, poppers and so on.
5. Quality control
Once all components become assembled our final sleeping bag gets a final check-up before being kindly packed in our plastic free packaging and sent to you.
The women behind our brand bring decades of experience to the table - whether that table stands in the boardroom, design studio, factory or warehouse. Each of us has chosen to dedicate our lives to giving back and being a part of the answer.
We do this by producing beautiful textile products that bring delight to our customers, help preserve the planet for our children and empower women in disadvantaged communities to prosper and thrive.