BC Garn was founded by Bo Carstensen and her husband, in Denmark. By now the brand BC Garn has several GOTS certified yarn collections, and BC Garn is working to get the entire range certified.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
All steps of the production process must meet the conditions. These concern the environment, sustainability, social ethics and animal welfare.
Bio Shetland and Bio Balance
The yarns Bio Shetland and Bio Balance are entirely GOTS certified. GOTS is a protected qualification, guaranteeing organic production.
The Bio Shetland wool is not from Shetland as there are no GOTS certified farms on the Shetland Islands. The farms are usually too small and the yarn quality and breeding so different that it is not possible to have a sufficient high quantity of yarn of identical quality.
All BC Garns GOTS certified original wool comes from Argentina and South Africa, sometimes even from Germany - depending on prices and quality each year. It is all Shetland-type wool, it is woolen spun, which is why it has this special Shetland type look.
The organic cotton in Bio Balance is from Turkey.
All BC Garns GOTS yarns are spun and dyed by the best GOTS mill in Turkey. Turkey has a very long tradition in spinning and textile. BC Garn has been working with this mill from the beginning of their GOTS range.
Fun fact: whenever a mill is GOTS certified and also produces other than GOTS yarns, they need to execute a big cleaning process after producing conventional (not certified) yarns before they are allowed to spin GOTS again. That is why there are not a lot of mills who are certified.