Sheila and I dreamt up Plover Organic in 2007 around her kitchen table in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. We were new sisters-in-law, and I was pregnant with the first of my three daughters, while she'd recently given birth to her second baby. Like many new moms, we were concerned with creating a safe, beautiful space for our little ones that was free of pesticides and other chemicals and toxins. But we also wanted our homes to reflect us, our partners, and our crazy kiddos. White just didn't feel like us. And when we went to shop for organic bedding, that's all there was.
We wanted bedding that was colorful and playful, soft to the touch and super high-quality, easy to care for, and 100% organic. That's Plover. We're inspired by everything from vintage fabric and wallpaper patterns to ancient Japanese vases with plovers on them (hence the name). And thanks to our decade-long friendship and partnership with a certain Indian gentleman (you know who you are, V.!) we are grateful to continue to make limited-run, unexpected organic textiles for your home and ours.
—Marisa & Sheila
Plover textiles are produced from the best quality 100% organic cotton. All organic fibers used by Plover are certified according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which is dedicated specifically for fiber and textile handling and production.
The organic cotton in Plover's linens comes from non-genetically engineered seeds grown in soil that is free of pesticides, herbicides or other cytotoxins—keeping those poisons away from those you love and out of the ecosystem.
Growing cotton organically improves soil fertility and protects farming communities at the same time. Buying organic supports environmentally and economically sustainable production, which is vital to the welfare of the planet.
Plover's method of dyeing conforms fully to Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex.
Plover uses a hydrogen peroxide bleaching process and only low-impact, fiber reactive dyes. These dyes form a strong bond with the cotton fiber and have excellent colorfastness, but contain no heavy metals. The dyeing process uses less water than conventional dyeing, and all dye material is reclaimed and not released as effluent into rivers or the sea.
Plover's factory is audited by the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the non-profit European social monitoring system for ethical sourcing. The Foreign Trade Association (FTA)—Europe's premier watchdog for trade policy and global supply chains—founded the BSCI in 2003. Member companies have to implement the BSCI Code of Conduct focusing on the core of ILO conventions, human and labour rights (the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, legislation on minimum wages and working hours in the production country, and general environmental, health and safety requirements), and conduct social audits in the supply chain.