FAQs

FAQs

FAQs that just may answer the question you had for The Organic Handkerchiefs Company.

Do you sell wholesale or in bulk?

No, I do not sell wholesale or in bulk mainly because these are handmade products and I cannot give you a significant discount for buying several, sorry!

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Do you have washing instructions?

Washing Instructions for Organic Handkerchiefs

Washing Organic Flannel Handkerchiefs

Washing:Wash on the permanent press or gentle cycle with a warm wash and a warm rinse. Do not wash using hot water if you wish to keep the fabric soft and touchable. Use a mild detergent. Add a fabric softener to the rinse cycle. If you don’t use fabric softener in your washing machine, a dryer sheet can be added to the drying cycle. Flannel can be hung to dry or machine dried. If machine drying, remove promptly once the handkerchief is dry. Do not over dry or it will weaken the fabric. Drying on low heat helps to keep the handkerchiefs in good condition for a longer time.

Ironing: If you removed the flannel hanky just after the drying cycle, you will probably not need to iron. However, if you do, you can iron flannel on the cotton setting.

Tips for maintenance:Our organic flannel handkerchiefs should be washed with light colors. If the flannel begins to lose its softness, it could be fabric softener build up. Adding a half of a cup of clear vinegar during an extra rinse cycle should remove any residue that can cause the fabric to feel stiff. Flannel will create lint in the dryer so be sure to empty your lint trap regularly.

Washing Organic Cotton Handkerchiefs:

Washing: Wash with other light colored cotton fabrics only either on the permanent press or regular cycle with a warm wash and a warm rinse. Use an appropriate detergent of your choice. Place the handkerchiefs into the dryer or hang them on the clothesline. If you use the dryer, set the dryer temperature to warm and remove the hankies promptly when the cycle finishes.

Ironing: Iron any wrinkles from the organic cotton fabric after the fabric dries. Use the cotton setting.

Tips for maintenance:If you wish to bleach the handkerchiefs, only use the recommended amount of bleach as it can damage the fibers. Organic cotton items can shrink and wrinkle easily as there has never been an ‘anti-wrinkle’ chemical added to the fabric as in regular cotton fabrics. Therefore, ironing will almost always be necessary to keep your handkerchiefs looking their best.

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Are these are really organic handkerchiefs?

Section of certification from GOTS material

 

Yes, organic handkerchiefs are the only thing we make and sell.

The material we use to make organic handkerchiefs is all GOTS certified. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.

A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers whereas a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers. Environmental criteria from GOTS include that at all stages through the processing organic fiber products must be separated from conventional fiber products and must to be clearly identified. It also prohibits the use of critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes. Discharge printing methods using aromatic solvents and plastisol printing methods using phthalates and PVC are prohibited.

The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibers. The final products may include, but are not limited to fiber products, yarns, fabrics, clothes and home textiles. The standard does not set criteria for leather products. Please note that the information about GOTS  does not reflect all criteria of the standard and can therefore not be used for any official purpose. I am simply just trying to provide additional information based on previous questions I have received. A copy of the certificate showing the organic handkerchiefs material I purchase is GOTS certified organic material can be emailed upon request.

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Your organic handkerchiefs fairly traded?

Fairly traded status logo

Yes, a fairly traded status applies to all of the material used in making our organic handkerchiefs, both cotton and flannel.

The organic material we use is fairly traded under GOTS strict supervision ensuring fair working conditions.

The Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) is applicable to the growing and processing of organic cotton. It also deals with conformance (section 60.17)such as conforming to the International Labour Organisation standards (www.ilo.org) regarding child labor, which is not allowed under organic standards.

To obtain a fairly traded status under GOTS, all workers must be provided with safe and hygienic working conditions. They must also have the freedom of association and collective bargaining. Their wages must comply with at least the national legal standard or industry benchmarks, whichever is the higher. They must also meet basic needs and give discretionary income. Working hours must at least comply with national laws and can not exceed 48 hours a week on a regular basis nor can workers be made to work more than 6 days out of 7. A premium rate must be paid for any overtime that is freely agreed to, and workers must be free from discrimination or threatening behavior.

Organic agriculture standards must be fulfilled before anything can be labelled ‘organic’ and there is an established concept offering one international accepted set of basic organic standards, following one inspection, one certification and one accreditation. Inspection to GOTS will make sure that all social criteria included in the standards is adhered to before organic certification and therefore, fairly traded status, can be achieved.

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Where do you deliver?

Where do you deliver?

From this website, we only deliver to the USA.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING:

I have exciting news! Amazon.com now delivers my organic handkerchiefs to over 75 countries around the world. Here is the list of countries they will deliver to:

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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