Organic production works to enhance a crop habitat, making for a safer workplace and more natural products. Grown without synthetic fertilisers, pesticides or other chemicals; the organic Cotton plant contributes to the diversity and balance of an ecosystem, providing worker safety and customer satisfaction. Verified organic cotton is part of a scheme to change the way we produce and consume the vital elements of life and culture.
Governing bodies are discovering new ways to contribute more to nature, while promoting a positive attitude towards production through endorsement. By keeping to the latest specifications, a business can assure it’s customers of respectfully produced products, by respected producers.
With growing ecological and economic concern for natural resources, an awareness of balance is emerging in our everyday social lives.
Depleted resources are subject to the way we consume and produce goods, and inflated demand has urged measures to ‘optimise’ production for increased availability at reduced prices.
Many of the high-yield production technologies now used as standard, were developed out of scarcity at the loss of elementary methods and procedures.
Supposedly ‘optimised’ production, in addition to creating unsustainable financial structures; can erode and pollute soils with time-saving, brute-force processes. This is an approach which highlights a disregard for health and a lust for greed. To support and maintain this structure is an increasingly indefensible social stance.
Beside the global environmental implications of profit oriented commerce, personal wellbeing from allegedly ‘cheap’ products is a growing concern.
Costs to the physical health of workers and consumers is not yet fully understood, but chemical absorption through skin contact suggests that naturally soft organic Cotton is a safer, more comfortable option available at increasingly competitive prices.
Here are a few reasons to amend conventional cotton production:
- An estimated 25 million people worldwide are poisoned by pesticides each year.
- A quarter of the world’s pesticides are used in conventional cotton crops despite these crops occupying just 3% of the world’s farmland.
- Around 500 grams of toxic chemicals are used to produce enough conventional cotton for a T-shirt and a pair of jeans
- Organic cotton production is an industry working towards a safer, more productive world; making the earth safer for the farm workers and customers while preserving soil for long term fertility.
Covering just 3% of the world’s cultivated land, conventional cotton growing uses more insecticides per unit area than any other single major crop. Along with other agrochemicals, synthetic fertilisers and pesticides pollute the air and surface water, reduce biodiversity and shift the natural equilibrium. Those who make the transition to biologically based growing practices can not only expect to provide cleaner and safer products to the market, but substantially benefit the natural world.
Organic production provides:
- Protection of surface and groundwater quality by eliminating contaminants in surface runoff
- Reduced risk from insect and disease control by introducing ecosystem manipulation which allows for natural balance
- Long term pest control through habitat development
- Conservation of biodiversity by selecting crops to suit the environment, not just for high yield
- Elimination of harmful residual chemicals in consumer products
- Healthier soils with thicker top-soil depth, higher organic matter content and reduced erosion levels
- Organisations are developing new strategies to introduce naturally balanced systems into productive, healthy industries, and through certification; ensure compliance to an evolving perception of how the earth works.
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At Chlorophile we are working to GOTS standards, which define internationally recognised requirements to provide textiles of organic status, from the production and harvesting of raw materials to environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing.
When we label our products GOTS certified, assurance of responsible practice and fair employment is given to our supporting customers.
In accomplishing organic status we have worked hard to maintain an honest and transparent supply chain, seeking the guidance of groups who constantly develop new ways to nourish and sustain healthy crop production.
There are a number of ways that we further ethical clothing production, and by addressing the processing, manufacture, packaging and distribution of all our products we can be sure that no element is dismissed.
From 2014 onwards any polyester content will be post-consumer recycled, and any paper or cardboard used in packaging or tags will be post-consumer recycled or certified according to FSC or PEFC.
Any field in which our cotton has grown must be certified under stringent controls, and all processing plants are required to keep full records of chemical use, water & energy consumption and waste water treatment.
Constant evaluation and strategy development are driving the industry away from dependence on devastating exploitation of people and resources.
Our organic products are isolated from conventional fibre products throughout processing to avoid cross-contamination, and are evaluated to meet the requirements on toxicity, biodegradability and heavy metal content. This includes every structural component and design element from accessories to prints.
The suppliers and manufacturers we use have been selected for their environmental and social credentials.
With wind turbines contributing to the power used, highly effective waste water management and a number of services provided for employees and their communities; we’re supporting operators who support people.
Selecting from a range of highly respected operators, we uphold regular communication during product development to ensure that all the elements of organic certification are met, without compromise to style or quality.