Extended care label
Thank you for your order at Unsalted. We hope you enjoy your purchase and love the garment for a lifetime.
With this extended care label, we would like to give you more information about our suppliers, the materials and the best way to care for your product.
Transparency within the supply chain is a crucial tenet of ethical fashion. On the care label, you find the country of origin of the last stage in the supply chain: the country a product is cut and sewed. At Unsalted, we want to share the country of origin of each component of the supply chain, from fibre to garment.
The cotton of your shirt is a blend of two types of American organic cotton: Supima® and Upland. The cotton is grown in California, Arizona, New Mexico or Texas and harvested by machine.
Both types of cotton are certified by Global Organic Textile Standard, also known as GOTS. The cotton is grown in organic production systems, with products that have a low environmental impact. The plantations must meet strict requirements for soil and genetically modified organisms. It is not allowed to use chemical fertilisers or insecticides and defoliation must be natural.
Why is the GOTS logo not visible on your shirt? The logo can only be applied to the final product if all stages, including Unsalted, get certified. Since Unsalted is a start-up and the certification process is quite an investment. Therefore, we can't get certified yet.
Yarn & Fabric
After the Supima® and Upland cotton is dried and separated from the seeds, the cotton is spun into yarn by Albini Group. Albini Group is GOTS certified as well, meaning that the spinning, weaving and finishing comply with the GOTS criteria.
The yarn used in your shirt is combed, meaning that an extra stage is added to the spinning process to remove short fibres (up to 25%). By adding combing, the final yarn has improved regularity and strength.
Today, the Albini Group consists of seven factories and is the largest European manufacturer of shirting fabrics. Albini Group is a family business from the Bergamo province in Italy. With over 140 years of textile experience, the fifth generation of the family is leasing Albini Group. Albini Group manages and controls all stages of the production process, ensuring efficiency and absolute quality.
Trimmings include the application of (inter)linings, padding and fastenings. They influence the functional performance, quality and lifespan of a garment.
Your shirt contains two trimmings: buttons and interlining. Our supplier LCP sourced both trimmings.
The buttons of your shirt are real Mother of Pearl. The so-called MOP buttons are made from oyster shells or pearl mussels. You can recognize MOP by the uneven scintillating surface and lustre look.
The inside of the collar and cuffs are fused with interlining to give them more rigidity.
For the production of your shirt, we collaborate with LCP, also known as Leite & Couto.
This trading company exists since 1998 and has extensive expertise in a wide range of formal wear garments. Leite & Couto has several, long term partnership with factories in the Porto area of Portugal.
Driven by the desire for high-quality classics made from pure compositions, material choice is one of our core values. Because of its vital influence on the quality and longevity of a garment, we want to tell you all about our materials, from fibre to finishing.
When it comes to cotton, size does matter. Staple length is the most important aspect of quality and generally lies between 20 mm and 40 mm. The longer the fibre, the finer it is and the softer its handle.
Our organic cotton is a blend of Supima® and Upland cotton. Supima® is an extra-long staple cotton with an average staple length of 36 mm. Upland is a long staple cotton with an average staple length of 28 mm.
You can read more advantages of cotton in general here.
The fabric of your shirt is a Poplin weave. This is a plain weave that finds its origin in the 15th century in the region of Avignon, France.
By using two different yarn sizes, a fine, dense warp over a coarser weft, a ribbed appearance occurs. This offers good drapeability and a delicate glossy surface. The most important reason we choose for a Poplin weave for our shirts, is because of its strength, which fits perfectly with our long-term wardrobe vision.
Dyes & Finishings
Dyeing and finishing includes all, both mechanical and chemical, processes that are intended to upgrade the appearance or the end-use properties of a raw material.
White cotton fabrics are almost always bleached instead of dyed. Bleaching is an oxidation process and hydrogen peroxide is by far the most common bleaching agent.
The fabric of your shirt is piece bleached, meaning that it is bleached after it is woven as fabric. The fabric is finished without optical bleach agents.
The consumer phase influences a garment's environmental impact and lifespan, and we want to guide you in this process.
Care instructions, illustrated by the care symbols, indicate a recommended procedure to avoid the risk of damage to the textile product. The instructions provide you with the most severe approach, but we believe there are much more tips and tricks to share.
A significant amount of pollution caused by clothing takes place during washing, drying and ironing, due to the large consumption of water, energy and chemicals used. We would like to recommend you three ways to make significant cutbacks in the environmental impact of the care of your shirt:
1. We often wash clothes to re-fresh them rather than to actually clean them. Try to wash only after several wears and wash as much as possible with a full washing drum to save the number of washes.
2. 90% of the energy a washing machine uses is for heating the water. Washing at a lower temperature therefore saves significant energy. We recommend washing the shirt at 30°C or colder.
Colour fastness is an important aspect of a product’s lifespan. The symbol indicates whether a bleaching agent may be utilised for brightening and stain removal.
Your shirt is not suitable for bleaching as it will damage the cotton fibres.
Your garments will deteriorate much faster when using a tumble dryer. To dry your shirt, we recommend a natural drying process to be carried out in the shade. You can dry your clothes inside or outside but not in direct sunlight to avoid discoloration.
To save yourself time ironing, hang your shirt on a clothes hanger while drying. This will already remove some of the wrinkles.
The dots on the care symbol indicate the temperature ranges for ironing, meaning that your shirt can be ironed at moderate temperature which is a maximum sole plate temperature of 150 °C.
We recommend to iron your shirt under a moderately moist intermediate cloth and a steam iron can be used, but always avoid heavy pressure.
Although your shirt can be machine washed at 30°C, you can choose to bring your shirt to a professional dry cleaner to freshen up your product or remove persistent stains.
The care symbol indicates a normal cleaning process with no restrictions and the ‘P’ refers to the chemical perchloroethylene. This is a petroleum product that can remove stains without using water. Although this solvent is an effective way of dry cleaning, it has a negative effect on the environmental. You can ask the professional dry cleaner if they have alternatives such as biodegradable solvent (HiGlo).
Spare buttons & alterations
We do not like overproduction, also for our buttons. Please let us know if you require a spare button for your unseasoned garment.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the care instructions or any alterations to your garment. We are in close contact with professional dry cleaners and expert tailors, and we are pleased to share this specific knowledge with you so that you can enjoy your unseasoned garment for a lifetime.