what is organic cotton?

Like jute, cotton is a renewable and biodegradable natural fibre. While organic cotton features the same qualities as conventional cotton, there is a significant difference between the two, which lies in the farming process.

Traditional cotton production relies on the use of chemicals and pesticides. These substances contaminate nearby water sources and have a negative impact on both the land where crops are grown and the farmers who tend to them. In contrast, organic cotton is grown without the use of any dangerous pesticides, chemicals, synthetic fertilisers or genetically modified (GM) seeds.

WHY is organic cotton sustainable?

Here are some of the many reasons why organic cotton is a fantastic sustainable option:

  • Organic cotton has a positive impact on both the eco system and the health of the farmers who tend the crops.
  • It can be safely grown alongside food crops that feed the farmers.
  • Without any need to use harmful chemicals or pesticides in the farming process, the danger of groundwater contamination is eradicated, making drinking water clean and safe.
  • The release of nitrogen into the atmosphere is massively reduced in organic cotton farming.
  • Organically grown cotton reduces soil erosion and generates healthy soil, as well as helping to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • In addition to the many environmental benefits of organic cotton, the production process promotes healthier working environments for workers and farmers and prohibits child or forced labour. Furthermore, the final product is gentle and safe on the skin.

what type of cotton do we use?

We use GOTS-certified organic cotton for our reusable bags, dust bags and for the lining of our jute bags.  GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard and the worldwide leader in textile processing standards for organic fibres. The standard encompasses every phase within the supply chain, from farming and processing, to manufacturing and labelling.

Companies that hold the GOTS certification must adhere to a high standard of ecological and social criteria, including fair trade conditions, a healthy working environment, and fair wages. To find out more about this certification, you can visit the GOTS website.

The cotton itself is 125-130 GSM and the coloured dyes we use are all AZO-free.