Fashion business Metawear has opened the first solar and geothermal-powered textile operation in the US – the only one in the country to be certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

The company’s cutting, sewing, dyeing and screen-printing operation for its range of organic T-shirts has been set up in a refurbished Verizon facility in Fairfax, Virginia.

Metawear uses Fairtrade-certified organic cotton and “SeaInk”, a proprietary dye process involving a seaweed-derived base with no harmful inputs such as PVC, resins or binders.

“Metawear is extremely proud to be paving the way for today’s textile industry here in the US,” said company co-founder and president Marci Zaroff.

“We adhere to the most stringent global processing standards, and offer earth-conscious, socially responsible and flawlessly-fitting screen-printed apparel – perfect for promoting companies’ brands and messages.”

GOTS, the textile industry’s counterpart to the US Department of Agriculture’s organic food standard, covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading, and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic fibre.

Atextile product carrying the GOTS ‘organic’ seal must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres, while a product with the ‘made with organic’ label must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibre.

GOTS-certified textiles are free of pesticides, GMOs, formaldehyde, chlorine bleaches, heavy metals, and other chemicals detrimental to humans and the environment, but typically used in conventional cotton T-shirts and textiles.