It's Our Nature will be closed for the Summer of 2015. July 1 until October 1 ... follow the adventures on Facebook. No orders will be taken or shipped during this time. We will be back at the Saturday Morning Market in St. Petersburg on October 3rd.
"Healthy-Wear for People Who Care ®"
- All ION products are made using certified "chemical-free" organic cotton or other sustainable natural fibers.
- When fabric has color, it is either the color of the fiber "Foxfibre" or safe non-toxic dye.
- Garment designs use non-PVC screening.
- The labor to create our products is Fair - No Sweatshops !
- There is minimal packaging.
- Customer Satisfaction and Education is our Goal.
Why Organic Cotton?
Cotton is a natural fiber – but the chemicals used to grow cotton since World War II are not natural and have caused serious damage to human health and the environment.
Conventional cotton production accounts for more than 10 percent of pesticide use and nearly 23 percent of agricultural insecticide sales. In the U.S., it takes about one quarter of a pound of chemicals to grow enough cotton for one T-shirt!
Cotton pesticides can enter the human food chain via cottonseed oil used in processed foods. Use of chemicals in processing makes the fibers weak causing cotton products to wear out faster. Sustainable cotton production does not pollute ground water, surface water or air; it does not poison farmers, farm workers or their families and improves soil quality for future generations.
What is Hemp?
Hemp crops require no herbicides and are naturally resistant to insects, fungus and other pests. it grows rapidly during its vegetative period, becoming tall and thick. Its fiber is used to make paper, textiles, biodegradable plastic, heealth food and fuel. Industrial hemp is grown throughout the world, except in the United States where it is suppressed by laws supported by the Drug Enforcement Agency for fear marijuana will be hidden in a hemp field. Geroge Washington grew hemp. Our Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written on hemp paper.
What is Fox Fibre®?
Naturally Colored Cotton?
The fibers that grow from these seeds are not white; they already have their color and need not be dyed. Cotton lint, like eyes and hair, can be many colors; it is believed that the ancient peoples of America developed six colors –pink, red, lavender, brown, green and yellow – thousands of years ago. Fox Fibre® colors also grow best without chemicals –organically grown Colorganic® cotton.
Companies that Meet the ION Promise
Earth Creations ®
Earth creations is a manufacturer of high quality, eco-friendly clothing for women, men, children and infants. Nature is their greatest inspiration. Protecting the Earth is their passion. They use sustainable fibers, dye their clothes with natural clay pigments, and produce their garments using fair labor standards.
Earth Dog ®
Earthdog manufactures the finest quality hemp dog collars, dog leashes, harnesses, beds and chew toys for the dogs in your life. Their eco-friendly dog products are all handmade in the USA. Their inspiration comes from their pack, 16 strong - all rescues from various walks of life. You'll find their names on the collar patterns. Earth Dog believes in rescue dogs and spay neuter programs. They believe in hemp, conservation, and the pursuit of lessening our footprint on the earth. They believe in the commitment, love and boundless spirit of dogs -- Good for the earth . . . even better for your dog!
The reason for creating ECOBAGS® is simple: They exist to provide products, information and inspiration that help people reduce, re-use and recycle. Starting with the simple step of bringing your own reusable cloth bag to shop may seem trivial, but it creates a "mindset." Like anything, the more people who take this simple step, the more it becomes the natural and right thing to do.
Syracuse Cultural Workers
Founded in 1982, SCW is a progressive publisher committed to peace, sustainably, social justice, feminism and multiculturalism. SCW creates and publishes visual materials, like calendars, posters, T-shirts, cards and postcards, and distribute them across North America.
Their mission is to help create a culture that honors diversity and celebrates community; that inspires and nurtures justice, equality and freedom; that respects our fragile Earth and all its beings; that encourages and supports all forms of creative expression. SCW believes Art is a critical complement to activism, lending soul to a function which is often brain heavy and spirit thin. No matter how brilliant our attempts to inform, it is our ability to inspire that will turn the tides.
Maggie's Organics was founded in 1992 on the premise that workers should be treated ethically and that clothing should be durable, affordable and constructed of environmentally sustainable materials. The Maggie’s Organic line of organic and fair trade socks, legwarmers, tights, scarves, loungewear, tees, baby clothes and fashionable tops feel as good to buy as they do to wear!
- Tula Hats History While living in Mexico City in 1989 Tula Hats founder Alice Eichelmann would spend the weekends traveling the countryside. On one of her trips she purchased a wonderful palm hat at a local market. She immediately realized that with a few design changes the natural good looks and durability of the hat would appeal to a wide range of people. After consulting with several hat factories in Mexico she eventually learned of the village that continues to produce wonderful hats for Tula to this day. While picking up her first order of 200 hats Alice saw a cowboy ride by with chinstraps on his hat. This inspired her to add straps to her hat designs. The leather chinstraps also known as stampede straps have become a Tula signature.
Over the years the Eichelmann’s have developed a special friendship and trust with the hat makers. They have had the privilege to participate in special village celebrations such as weddings and baptisms. They have enjoyed learning the culture and participating in these celebrations.
The History of Palm Hats from Mexico
Palm Hats have been hand woven by the Purepecha Indians of Mexico since the mid 16th century. These people were nearly wiped out by the arrival of the Spaniards in the early 1500’s. They suffered years of looting, and killing under the rule of the Spanish Captain Nuno de Guzman. In 1530 the Spanish government sent Don Vasco de Quirago to try to regain the trust of the people. He funded schools and hospitals. He also brought skilled craftsmen from Spain to teach the Indians skills such as weaving, coopersmithing, pottery making, and woodcarving. He encouraged each village to take the new skills and create their own unique designs. Thus, they began to rebuild their economy. For his works and dedication Don Vasco is still remembered today as a cherished and loved member of the people. Nearly 500 years later the villages continue in the same tradition to create their unique arts and sustain their families with pieces that continue to bring pleasure.
Hat Making Process
Tula Hats are hand woven of palm in the traditional manner. The palm is grown in the warm coastal areas of Mexico. This sustainable fiber is harvested twice a year. The new shoots are cut and then placed in the dew where the fronds are flipped back and forth for eight days. Then they are placed in a palapa fire made of adobe where the palm is cooked for a day in sulfur that whitens the palm. From there the palm is bundled and sent to market where the weavers purchase it. The entire village is involved (at some point of their lives) in the weaving, sewing and blocking of the hats. Primarily, the women do the weaving. They can be seen walking down the streets or sitting in their courtyards weaving palm into long strands. The men sew the strands of palm (braids) into the basic hat body. Then the hats are blocked and ready to be adorned.
The growing of the palm is without chemicals but is not certified.
UPF Sun Protection Information
- In October of 2003 Tula hats were tested at California Polytechnic State
University using the Australian/New Zealand Class System. This test method is used to determine the ultraviolet radiation blocked or transmitted by textiles. Tula Hats test results were excellent with 0% UVA, 0% UVB transmittance and they were given the highest rating of UPF 50+.
- From California Polytechnic State University Textile Research and Testing
Laboratory: “The brim area of these hats is excellent, in fact we have
never tested anything with 0% transmittance. Congratulations on this
- Tula Hats will now include a hang-tag on each hat that states that the brim area is rated UPF50+ Excellent Protection. The back of the tag will include other sun protection tips such as the use of sunglasses and sun block to further protect the skin from damaging rays.
- In October of 2003 Tula hats were tested at California Polytechnic State
How it was chosen as an It’s Our Nature® product …..
- Linda Taylor discovered the Vagabond Tula Hat while birding in Cape May, New Jersey. Just down the road from her hometown of Wildwood Crest. She began wearing it to guide her gentle kayak paddles on the Fort DeSoto mangrove trail. After reviewing its function and durability along with the many participants’ requests, it was added to the ION line of sustainable products.
It's Our Nature's "Healthy-Wear for People Who Care" started with these socks ... 17 years ago ! Certified organic cotton crew socks made in the U.S.A. Available in short or regular crew for men and women. Foxfibre Green and Brown Cotton (the cotton is grown in these colors!) is back in the regular crew style !
Under The Nile
Under the Nile offers an alternative to conventional cotton apparel for infants and children. All products are made from 100% handpicked organic cotton, without the use of pesticides or chemicals throughout the entire production process. Grown exclusively in Egypt, the products reflect the extremely soft and durable features that Egyptian cotton is known for. Under the Nile's dyeing process uses metal-free or vegetable dyes. Accessories such as buttons and zippers are made from organically friendly elements such as wood, shell or nickel-free metals.
Janice Masoud launched Under the Nile in 1998 with a vision of bringing organic baby clothing into the mainstream. Today, her company's products can found in more than 10,000 retailers across the world. Thanks to ten consecutive years of 30+ percent growth, the Under the Nile brand has come to symbolize the best of the organic movement: A care for others, a care for the environment and a care for company success all acting in harmony.
Like many aspiring designers, Janice started in production working for Eber of California and Eileen West. Later, Canterbury of New Zealand hired her with design responsibilities in 1994. It was during this time that Janice noticed her children's skin was sensitive to certain cotton clothing products. Upon further research, she discovered that different elements such as dyes are introduced into cotton that can cause skin reactions particularly with babies and toddlers. Her research also pointed her toward Egypt which grows the best cotton in the world, a nice piece of serendipity since her husband Mohammed is Egyptian.
The duo traveled to Egypt in search of organic cotton, a trek that led them to the SEKEM Initiative Farm, a model community for biodynamic agriculture and a belief system that aligned with Under the Nile. A partnership was formed, setting the stage for Under the Nile as Janice embarked on designing the company's first collection.
By participating in the 13-Villages-Project, organic toy manufacturer, Under the Nile, is doing more than just providing healthy toys for customers -- they're also providing healthier living conditions for impoverished people in Egypt.
Under the Nile, manufacturer of organic toys and apparel, is doing more than just helping kids make a positive association with healthy foods. They are also proud participants of the 13-Villages-Project -- a SEKEM initiative to fight against poverty and its causes in rural Egypt. Under the Nile's "Veggin' Out" collection of stuffed fruits and vegetables are made exclusively through this program.
Janice Masoud, President of Under the Nile, joined the 13-Villages-Project because she believes as they do.that poverty cannot be addressed solely through financial aid. So while many manufacturers choose to give a portion of their proceeds to underprivileged countries, charities, and so forth, Masoud wanted to do more than just donate. She wanted to part of the solution.
Dear Valued Customer,
You have many choices on how, when and what to purchase. It’s Our Nature (ION) has a shopping cart on its website and a mobile store that is set up at community-based festivals and markets. Our philosophy is low-impact – high value. Getting to know our customers in this setting helps us provide personalized customer service, research new products, and provide a way to pass on meaningful information.
As our dollars are stretched thinner, I appreciate every purchase. I am honored when you choose an ION product as a gift or to enhance your own health. I respect the faith you place in us to screen products and find new options. As a thank you to our loyal customers – some fourteen years strong! - I would like to offer you a Frequent- Buyer Discount Card. This card will identify that you receive a 10% discount on all purchases.
Just present this card at check out and receive your discount on any purchase excluding sale items.
Once again, thank you for your business and for helping It’s Our Nature grow in her own unique way.