Organic Cotton

To this day, organic cotton remains our main material, representing around 80% of our production in volume. Conventional cotton farming usually requires a tremendous amount of toxic chemicals, which are poisoning the land, the water, and the farmers. Organic cotton farming, on the contrary, relies on non-harmful practices and inputs that preserve the soils, ultimately requiring less water and energy, even reducing CO₂ emissions. That is why we made the early choice to work with organic cotton.

Less water & less carbon dioxide
The explanation for less water use is partly because a healthier soil can retain water and nutrients much better than a dehydrated one (which requires more irrigation), and partly because organic farming promotes better water management and irrigation systems, such as drip irrigation.

In conventional cotton farming, synthetic fertilizers/pesticides are used which are manufactured using by-products from the petroleum industry (oil industry). This is a very carbon-intensive production. The fertilizers/pesticides also release greenhouse gasses when used in the fields, so by avoiding these we can reduce the CO₂ emissions, and thanks to organic farming giving rise to healthier farmlands, the soil can absorb much more carbon dioxide – just as it should.

Advantages of organic cotton
The advantages of organic cotton farming are many, above all from an environmental perspective, but also for the farmers. As mentioned above, the cultivation takes place without artificial fertilizers and chemical pesticides, which leads to healthier soil and prevents chemicals from spreading and affecting environments far beyond the plantations themselves. Therefore, it benefits both nature and the farmers who work, live, or make a living from the farmland.

Today we work with the toughest label for organic cotton garments: GOTS. This means no toxic chemicals were used in the manufacturing, among other strict environmental and social requirements. Additionally, part of the cotton we use is Fairtrade-certified and ROC™ certified.

Read more about organic cotton here.