Textiles are not all the same, and their production can be really polluting. From the cotton harvesting to the dying process, from the sewying to the electricity used in the textile factory and to the waste managment, there is a huge difference between the way the different textile manufactures handle the sustainability. Also, the way the workers are treated must be certified.

Textile garments are something that are often in direct contact with our skin and that must last as long as possible, so the quality must be high: sometimes manufactures just care about labellng their textiles as sustainable but the quality of the garments still stays fairly low. For Groovink products we use only certified textiles that have passed our quality test: they must keep their characteristics and shape after hard wearing, strong stressing and many washes.

In every product page by clicking on SIZE GUIDE AND MATERIALS button you will get info about every single garment certifications and in this section all those symbols are explained.

Fair wear foundation

You will find this symbol in most of Groovink textiles: "Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers".

Going through eight standards at the heart of the Code of Labour Practices, FWF member brands work towards improving work conditions in the textile industry. 
More about Fiar wear foundation here.

Earthpositive™

"Organic and ethically made, but crucially, manufactured solely using sustainable energy generated from wind and solar power". Read more about Earthpositive™ here.

OEKO-TEX® Standard 100

"Confidence in Textiles – that has been the motto of the independent testing for harmful substances according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 for textile products of all types which pose no risk whatsoever to health since 1992. With regard to the global structure and high division of labour in textile production the OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue for the first time provides manufacturers in the textile and clothing industry with a uniform benchmark on a scientific basis for the evaluation of potentially harmful substances in textiles. The OEKO-TEX® label indicates the additional benefits of tested safety for skin-friendly clothing and other textiles to interested end users. The test label therefore provides an important decision-making tool for purchasing textiles"
Learn more about OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 here.

Groovink products are exclusively printed with water based inks manufactured in Finland by A. Wennström Oy / Seriväri®.        
They have over 30 years of experience manufacturing water based textile inks, silk screen products and accessories: key word for their product line have always been environmental friendliness and latest sustainable technology. You can visit their website (only in finnish) or get more info about their products at info@serivari.fi (also in english). 

Water based inks differ from plastisol since they have water as their main solvent: the color gets fixed on the textile by taking the water away with air drying and heat treatment. When the print is done, the remaining ink on the screen can be collected back and reused for next prints and the screen can be washed clean just with water and pine soap.

Water based inks are harder to use than plastisol inks, due to their tendency to dry and to the constistence treatment necessary at every print that makes the all printing process long and delicate.
On the other hand water based inks guarantee a “soft touch” result. In prints done on light color textiles with transparent ink it's almost impossible to feel the ink surface at touch, since it almost completely penetrates into the fiber, making it the longer lasting way of printing and the one we prefer.

In dark color textile prints the ink stays mainly on top of the fibers, but the result is way softer at touch and more elastic than generally on plastisol inks. Also in this case the print is long lasting and has a good resistence to washing. 

  

The studio where Groovink products are done is in the centre of Helsinki, on the island of Katajanokka. The facilities inside are selfbuilt from recycled wood and steel and the lamps used for illumination are led and energy saving ones. As for the inks, all the printing related tools are provided by Seriväri® and most of them are manufactured in Finland, as the wooden frames and the squigees.

For printing we use a four colors manual carusel and custom made printing palettes. Due to the use of water based inks and to the dryness of the facilities, the drying processes is just natural, while a few seconds security heat treat is anyway applied to the garments to seal the ink on the textile.