The most important component of the majority of Mey products is our premium cotton. We obtain our cotton from different suppliers, some of whom we have worked with successfully for more than 30 years. Moreover, innovative cultivation methods and organic cotton also play a major role for Mey.
To give an example, we use premium cotton from Peru that is picked and sorted entirely by hand. This guarantees low levels of impurities and high quality, as only fully ripened cotton is harvested. To harvest all of the ripe cotton, the fields are picked up to three times, as the seed capsules do not all open at the same time on all of the plants.
The fibres of Peruvian Pima cotton are particularly long (with a staple length of up to 40mm), very fine and of high quality. As a result in the subsequent spinning process, the yarn is particularly soft, tear-resistant and durable – even when frequently worn and washed. These extra-long staple fibres can also be used to spin exceptionally fine yarn.
Cotton can absorb up to 65% of its own weight in water but then dries quite slowly. Textiles made of cotton are very comfortable to wear and do not scratch the skin. They are breathable, skin-friendly, easy to care for and suitable for a tumbler dryer.
“We obtain our premium Peruvian Pima cotton from partners who we have worked with for more than 30 years. Peruvian yarn is absolutely premium quality. We pay close attention to the origins and quality of our other types of cotton as well. We use organic cotton yarn for our Organic collection.”
Quality features of cotton
When selecting our cotton, we make sure we procure premium quality. We use particularly long-staple cotton with a fibre length of up to 40mm. The yarn spun from this cotton is particularly soft yet remains durable. Due to the climate in Peru, cotton plants require much less irrigation compared to other cultivation areas.
Moreover, our Peruvian Pima cotton is harvested solely by hand and without the use of chemical defoliants. Quality tests on staple length and the percentage of extraneous fibres ensure that only the best, pure cotton fibres are used for our yarn. You can feel the quality on your skin!
Cotton from Europe
In addition to Peruvian Pima cotton, we also use cotton from Europe. The advantages are clear: short transport routes, different irrigation options and a smaller ecological footprint as a result.
Short transport routes
Short transport routes within Europe create a smaller carbon footprint.
Environmentally-friendly cultivation methods
The directives and regulations stipulated by the European Union on integrated production keep standards high and ensure they are also upheld.
No genetic modification (GMO-free)
The European Union prohibits the use of genetic engineering.
Fine extra-long staple quality
The cotton fibres have a staple length of at least 34mm.
Drought tolerant, disease and pest resistant
Selecting types of cotton that tolerate drought, disease and pests significantly reduces irrigation needs as well as the use of sprays and pesticides.
Organic cotton accounts for less than 2% of global cotton production. The bulk of organic cotton available is of poor quality and therefore unsuitable for our fine bodywear. We exclusively use the best organic cotton available, which is significantly more expensive than conventional organic cotton.
The organic cotton we use comes from India, Israel and Turkey, is Fair Trade certified and is spun into our GOTS certified yarn in Turkey and Germany. Moreover, our organic cotton is particularly fine, long staple and hardly contains any extraneous fibres. Extraneous fibres can seriously lower the quality of yarn and the finished fabric as a result, which is why observing this factor is of particular importance to us.