Organic Cotton We care our environment. During the last years the general and especially also our consciousness to environment protection have extremely increased. All our products are non-toxic as well as skin friendly. Constant quality control and quality improvement belongs to our major preoccupations. Now we underline this is with Organic Cotton. Cotton is thought to be a very natural fabric however conventional cotton-growing is one of the most chemically intensive farming operations in the world. Since cotton is the one of the most widely traded commodity (nearly half of all textile products produced), conventional cotton growing leads to massive environmental and health problems. Environmental research has shown that the extensive and intensive use of synthetic fertilizers, soil additives and other substances used to produce conventional cotton wreaks serious havoc on soil, water and air. These chemicals drift into neighboring communities, posing long-term health threats to people and animals. They also indirectly enter the human food chain through cottonseed in livestock feed, contaminating meat and dairy products. Cottonseed oil is also used in many processed food products. The problems with clothing production do not stop in the field. During the conversion of conventional cotton into clothing, numerous toxic chemicals are added at each stage – silicone waxes, harsh petroleum scours, softeners, brighteners, heavy metals, flame and soil retardants, ammonia and formaldehyde.   Here are some reasons why organic cotton production is important to the long-term health of our planet: Cotton uses approximately 25% of the world’s insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides (incl. herbicides, insecticides, etc.) – Allan Woodburn It takes roughly one-third of a pound of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to grow enough cotton for just one t-shirt. The Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used in cotton in 2000 in the United States as “possible”, “likely”, “probable” or “known” human carcinogens (acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos and trifluralin).   What is Organic Cotton? Organic Cotton is grown using only methods and materials that have low even no impact on the environment. Organic cropping systems keep the soil protected and usable, do not use pesticides and chemical fertilizers and support a biologically preservative agriculture. Why organic? The attention towards global warming and the importance of earth conservation is growing steadily in our society. Hence, companies like us and consumers like you support measures and products which handle responsibly with natural resources. Organic is the right way and now is the right time to act. Ecologically worthwhile living, behavior, designing, developing and assembling of a critical mass of citizens, entrepreneurs and authorities as patriotism towards our nature.   Why are organic products so expensive? The availability of 100% organic cotton is limited. Higher cultivation and harvest costs (labour-intensive). Only tiny amounts are processed to thread. Higher production costs by production stops and cleaning in addition to the “pursuit costs” of the product through the production process and the documentation of the “100% organic” certification.   Indication of references Organic Trade Association:
A non-profit association, which promotes and protects trade with organic products, primarily food and other organic products. The OTA is one of 4 members of the International Working Group on GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). The other members are the Soil Association (SA), International Association Natural Textile Industry (INV – Germany) and the Japan Organic Cotton Association (JOCA). HYPERLINK “http://www.global-standard.org” www.global-standard.org GOTS has approved the first international certification institute for Organic Cotton, the “Institute of Marketecology” (IMO). Organic Exchange: A non-profit organization which promotes organic agriculture (with a focus on materials like cotton).
 HYPERLINK “http://www.imo.ch” www.imo.ch