Made in the USA….Can it Be?

23/11/2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

NearSea Naturals, a reputable online supplier of organic and sustainable fabrics since 2002, recently joined forces with textile industry veteran Daniel Sanders in order to carry out plans to provide complete vertical manufacturing for local, US made organic fabrics.  The driving force for the new partnership is the “Made in the US” label, which consumers consider advantageous.  Domestic organic and sustainable fabrics meet customers expectations for a variety of reasons, including high production standards, increased economic benefits, and environmental accountability.

NearSea Natuals relocated from their off -the-grid, solar powered facility near Santa Fe, New Mexico to the state known for it’s history in American textile manufacturing – Asheville, North Carolina.  “This partnership is an economic stimulus to the region,” stated Sanders, adding that the fabrics created within its rubric are local and sustainable.  “Everything takes place within 100 miles of our facility – spinning, weaving, finishing, and more.  Our local design and vertical manufacturing of US organic fabrics, coupled with direct-to-consumer sales, is unique to the industry.”

“At a time when many textile jobs and businesses are going overseas, our customers of organic and sustainable fabrics are demanding domestic.  They understand the importance of supporting the US textile industry and want to keep their business supply chains local,” said Tara Bloyd, president of NearSea Naturals who founded the business with her mother, Winnie Culp.  She elaborates:   “I came to organic fabrics out of critical need – to clothe my first child, who was born prematurely. I wanted only safe, toxin-free fabrics next to his fragile skin.  Now this is a lifestyle choice, not only for my family but for an increasing number of other people as well.”

“Organic and sustainable fabrics are making a comeback in the United States,” says Culp, “because of increasing consumer awareness about the importance of sustainability throughout the entire cycle.  We moved our production to Asheville because it is a gateway to the existing textile mills.  We’re doing this at the right time, for the right reason, and we’re finding that more and more people are ready to go green for the whole nine yards.”

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