RTC's offers three cotton choices for our custom wholesale orders - all of which are pesticide free and sustainably produced, however there are differences in production methods, certifications, quality and price.
Standard 100% Turkish Cotton - Soft Feel - Published prices - Most all of the towels we manufacture use our Standard 100% Turkish Cotton farmed with sustainable practices, but they are not certified organic. Our Standard Cotton comes from the Aegean Region in Turkey and has long been produced using earth friendly measures making it free from toxic chemicals, pesticides, and GMOs, producing long staple fibers that are more absorbent, but softer to the touch.
Re-Gen Cotton - Rougher hand, less expensive by 15% on Avg. - Because it comes from recycled cotton scraps, Re-Gen Cotton is slightly stiffer before washing, but less expensive and helps reduce landfill waste. Traditionally large amounts of leftover scrap cotton have been discarded in landfills, creating adverse effects to the environment. Re-Gen thread is made from these pre-consumer scraps and used in the manufacturing of our Re-Gen towels. It is an Earth-friendly way of re-using cotton rather than sending it to the landfill.
100% Organic Cotton - Smoothest Feeling - more expensive by 15% on Avg. – Even though our standard 100% Aegean Turkish cotton is sustainably farmed some of our clients require an Organic Cotton Certification for their programs. In this case we source yarns from suppliers that can produce a verifiable GOTs certificate for Organic Cotton, which is the European standard for certified organic content.
All of RTC towels use - Oeko-Tex Certified Dyed Yarns - The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is an internationally approved standard that ensures the highest and most effective product safety from a consumer’s point of view. This means the color dyes we use do not contain toxic chemicals. The Riviera Towel company only purchases verifiable Oeko-Tex 100 Standard Certified yarns.
Just because a garment is labeled as “green,” “sustainable” or “eco-friendly” does not make it organic. Cotton fabrics are only organic if certified to an organic cotton standard.
The Organic Content Standard (OCS ) 25 from Textile Exchange and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) 26 are voluntary supply chain standards that track organic fiber/material content as it moves through production and into a final product.
OCS is used to support content claims, and GOTS – which includes additional social and environmental requirements in processing – is used to support product claims.
Learn More about Organic Cotton Standard...from the International Textile Exchange Organization.