After long ten years of dreams, plotting and planting, Cotton of Carolinas has finally bloomed into T-shirts printed on the first-ever commercially grown certified-organic cotton grown in North Carolina. In 2006, Eric Henry founded the T S Designs with “dirt to shirt” philosophy. The group supports local jobs by maintaining the textile process within the state.
T S Designs now has greater plans about making T-shirts more sustainable with their patented Rehance printing and dyeing process. T S Designs joined hands with the Burlington Chemical Company 10 years ago to develop a unique process for printing and dyeing T-shirts.
The company reaped around 25,000 pounds of organic cotton grown on Hickory Meadows Organics and Parrish Enterprises farms in NashCounty. Of that, 19000 of cotton were kept in North Carolinafor making T-shirts, some were sold to Raleigh Denim to make jeans, and High Cotton Ties in Charlotte for polo golf shirts.
The Rehance process is being applied to the first set of organic t-shirts. Henry, president of TS Designs, has been quoted as saying the greater part of the organic cotton is kept North Carolina to create jobs.
According to Henry, the first batch of the T-shirts will be the most sustainable printed cotton T-shirts. Each T-shirt of that first batch will include tracking numbers, which deliver information about the farmers and manufacturers with their contact information.