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NearSea Naturals, Daniel Sanders Form Partnership

Online organic and sustainable fabrics supplier NearSea Naturals Inc., Rowe, N.M., and Daniel Sanders, founder of sustainable fabrics and finished goods producer Spiritex Inc., Asheville, N.C., have partnered to facilitate complete vertical manufacturing of U.S.-made organic fabrics.

NearSea Naturals has moved its production and fulfillment operations from Santa Fe, N.M., to Asheville, and will keep its headquarters in Rowe. The companies' ML Marsh Collection: Organic Designer Fabrics is a 100-percent U.S.-made organic fabric line for designers.

"This partnership is an economic stimulus to the region," Sanders said. "Everything takes place within 100 miles of our facility — spinning, weaving, finishing and more. Our local design and vertical manufacturing of U.S. organic fabrics, coupled with direct-to-consumer sales, is unique to the industry."

"At a time when many textile jobs and businesses are going overseas, our customers of organic and sustainable fabrics are demanding domestic," said Tara Boyd, president, NearSea Naturals. "They understand the importance of supporting the U.S. textile industry and want to keep their business supply chains local."

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