Garnet Hill from Sugar Hill – Photo by Jason Tors
1974 felt like the year that would never end.
Inflation topped 11%. Richard Nixon was impeached.
And just as this writer got a driver’s license, the national speed limit dropped to 55.
The United Nations, however, was exhibiting admirable forethought in ‘74 by introducing World Environment Day.
In the UN’s words:
“World Environment Day is the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. That ‘something’ can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd – everyone is free to choose.”
Two years later, Garnet Hill was founded. Our passion was splashed across the masthead of early issues: “The Original Natural Fibers Catalog.” Today more than ever, we design with sustainability in mind. On World Environment Day and every day, natural fiber stories are woven here.
Here’s what our designers and merchants are passionate about in 2017.
It’s farmed without harmful pesticides, GMOs, or chemical defoliants, to avoid adverse impacts to land and water. More of our cotton products – soon to include a new Signature Flannel sheet – are made with organic fibers than ever before.
GREEN COTTON® is the vendor that’s been with Garnet Hill longer than any other. Its passion for environmental stewardship never wanes. Its cotton is harvested without chemical defoliants, and dyed and finished to minimize pollution.
Our organic linen is crafted from extra-long fibers of certified-organic French flax, for comfort without chemicals. The coastal climate and well-drained soil of the Normandy region where it grows yield what is considered to be the finest fiber of its kind.
Alpacas are indigenous to the Andes Mountains of Peru. Through the centuries they’ve adapted to the altitude and cold temperatures by evolving a rare and luxurious fleece. They are gently sheared by hand once each summer, yielding what was thought to be “the fiber of the gods” by the ancient Incans. Alpacas graze freely in the highlands, which helps preserve open land and prevent overgrazing.
Long ago, our supplier established relationships with herdsmen who raise Kashmir goats on multi-generational family farms in Inner Mongolia. These purebred goats are treated like pets; never crossbred for higher yields, they’re responsibly herded to preserve the land.
The workspace where our cashmere sweaters are made is energy-efficient and spotless. Solar panels generate 60% of the company’s electricity.
We use only Oeko-Tex®-certified eco-friendly dyes, which require fewer chemicals, less water, and less energy.
And our Eco Cashmere selections are made from natural white, beige, and brown fibers. Undyed and unbleached, they are processed with very little water and zero chemicals.
Made from wood pulp harvested from eucalyptus trees that are grown without harmful substances, TENCEL® lyocell is one of the most eco-friendly fibers on the market today. The fibers are harvested from responsibly managed, renewable forests. A closed-loop production process uses less water and energy, for minimal impact on the environment. We like the softness and drape of TENCEL, and are including the fiber in more products than ever this year.
Coming soon to our best-selling Signature Merino Cardigan sweaters are merino wool fibers processed a new way: with eco-friendly oxygen.
Our path to everyday sustainability and a healthier environment continues.
Stay tuned for new collections that are green in every color.