What is organic cotton?
Organic cotton is cotton grown using natural methods, therefore no pesticides are used. It has very little, or no impact on the environment. All our organic fabrics are GOTS certified and where possible also Fair Trade certified
About Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
To obtain an ‘organic’ certification level, all standards must be adhered to according to the GOTS. ‘The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.’ (http://www.global-standard.org/)
About Fair Trade
Fair trade products ensure that the workers are looked after. This means their working conditions, pay and credentials meet the fair trade standards creating fair opportunities in safe environments. (http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/)
The textile industry is the number one polluter of water worldwide.
When pesticides are used to aid the growth of cotton they eventually end up in the groundwater.
According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated that around 20-40,000 people die each year due to water contamination and another 3 million are poisoned by it.
Farmers lose around 60% of their production budget on chemicals.
The harsh chemicals eventually mean that the fields are rendered barren.
Organic production replenishes the nutrients in the soil so the land can always be used and the nutrients will go back into the soil.
Organic farming techniques are more labour intensive and therefore create new jobs offering better livelihoods.
More and more people are becoming eco-conscious
so let us not allow the textile industry to be left behind