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Organic Cotton Clothing

For us, as a GOTS certified company, choosing organic cotton means higher quality products that are softer, kind to skin, better for the environment and the people that make them.

Organic cotton, is made from GMO-free plants that are grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals like fertilizers or pesticides. Organic cotton is better for the environment, the climate and the people involved. And buying from companies with organic cotton certification, like us, means that the wider supply chain has been audited with all inputs (like inks, dyes and printing) and business ethics having met a strict standard or criteria.

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  • Cotton uses more chemicals per unit area than any other crop, accounts in total for 16% of the world's pesticides, uses 20'000 litres of water per kilogram yield and can be expensive, not to mention hazardous, for farmers. Organic cotton production is the only farming system by which cotton is produced entirely free of chemical pesticides. There are lots more reasons to move away from conventional cotton and shop organic instead. We are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified, and use organic cotton to make our tees, tops, sweats and shirts.

In our customer satisfaction surveys, Rapanui organic cotton is the top-grossing choice by fabric.

Organic Cotton production involves replacing the synthetic pesticides and fertilisers with natural ones, then using crop rotation and mixed planting. This means less exposure to chemicals for the farmers and in the environment. The outcomes encourage biodiversity, health and have a positive economic upside as the stability of the land and crop price, with lower cost inputs, can contribute to a more sustainable quality of life at source, and less dependency, debt, health risk and instability.

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Cotton growing is responsible for the release of over US $2bn of chemical pesticides each year, nearly half of which are considered toxic by the WHO. Cotton is often grown in poor countries where chemical handling equipment and training is non-existent.

An estimated 1 to 5 million cases of pesticide poisoning occur every year, resulting in 20,000 reported deaths among agricultural workers and at least 1 million requiring hospitalisation.

Organic cotton certification means less chemicals, increases biodiversity, a higher cotton price and a more sustainable farming business.

Synthetic fertilisers are carbon intensive. Switching to organic can mean large Co2 reductions too: To make one tonne of nitrogen fertiliser takes one tonne of oil, one hundred tonnes of water and creates seven tonnes of Co2.

Cotton growers who make the transition to organic farming practices expect not only to offer a healthier and cleaner product, but also to command a higher, more stable price.

The alternative to organic cotton is bad. According to the film Dirty White Gold showed how tens of thousands of Indian farmers have committed suicide to get out of debt in the last decade

At the time of writing less than 0.1% of global cotton production is Organic.


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