Today in test organic cotton towels from Hessnatur. I always paid attention to buying pure cotton towels. Only recently I decided to give a go a towel that were additionally produced with a minimum of environmental impact and minimal amount of chemicals involved in the dying process. Investing in organic cotton fabrics is not only a wise choice for people with skin prone to allergies and babies. It’s also great help for the people who work at its cultivation, as in the case of trusted producers, farmers work in better conditions and for fair money.
I mentioned my adventure with Hessnatur in my other post some time ago. If you’re interested in an outcome of our test of a functional organic wool t-shirt and an organic cotton outdoor parka jacket impregnated with bees wax tested in harsh weather conditions, have a look here.
Hessnatur is a German organic fashion manufacturer established in 1976. Hessnatur has been a member of Fair Wear Foundation since 2005. Currently the company has extended its repertoire and offers altogether:
- Textiles for men, women and children
- Baby clothing
- Home accessories
- Cosmetics (Dr. Hauschka, Weleda and Lavera)
Hessnatur is present online on the German, Austrian and Swiss market, however, deliveries are made worldwide. Apart form this there are five stationary shops in Germany.
Hessnatur has its price, and I admit that I’m not 100% a fan of their style when it comes to fashion. I think that for the Polish as well as for the British market it is too classic and regarding some products, not fashionable innovative. However, I highly recommend you scanning through their catalogue in order to dig up gems. I am especially fond of their sweaters, coats, winter boots and household accessories. Hessnatur scores a big plus for their great quality, natural materials and their involvement in the numerous social projects in the countries, which raw materials are imported from. Additionally, Hessnatur sticks to the hight textile finishing standards like non use of chlorine bleach, synthetic resins, PVC and more.
Getting back to the towels – first positive impression – no plastic packaging has been used at all! Instead, this minimalist, recycled paper band. And an outer paper packaging, of course.
The towels are available in 10 colours. The one I went for is called emerald. It not only resembles the precious stone, but also looks the way it is pictured in the catalogue. In real life conditions – depending on the light it seems to be either turquoise or greenish. Exactly as the real precious stone.
The towels are made from a 100 % organic terry-cloth from Turkey. The medium-thick fabric absorbs moisture very well and feels good on the skin. Each towel has a decorative bordure on one side, which makes them look nice, but can be a little disturbing during wiping though.
Every Day Use
After washing both in 60 degrees, the towels felt a little rough at first due to the water hardness, however it disappeared after the first two uses or so. Another nice thing about these organic cotton towels is that they shimmer slightly what gives them an elegant look.
The Hessnatur towels are available online in three sizes: