Organic Cotton

Cotton is a breathable, durable and soft fibre which is why it is one of the most commonly produced materials in the world. 

Conventional cotton is a thirsty crop requiring large sums of water, pesticides and insecticides to grow, leading to damage to our ecosystem through soil degradation and polluted waterways. 

Organic cotton farming requires less water and the cotton is grown without the use of conventional pesticides contributing to healthy soils, greater biodiversity and less harmful impacts on nearby communities. In addition, as organic cotton is often hand-picked it results in less energy use than machine-harvested cotton.

You may see cotton products certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Organic Content Standard (OCS), which are organic standard certifications. 

GOTS is an organic standard certification which covers the environmental and social criteria of the processing, manufacturing and trading of textiles made from at least 70% certified organic fibres. Cotton must be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, insecticides, or herbicides. Processors, manufacturers and traders are assessed for their social compliance including monitoring of fair wages and working conditions.

OCS is a chain of custody standard that verifies that organic fibres are in the final product by ensuring the integrity and identity of the input material is preserved.

As one of the most commonly used fibres today, switching from conventional cotton to an organic alternative will have positive impacts on our environment in the future.