Cultivating organic cotton ensures that no chemical insecticides, fertilisers or pesticides flow into soil or into adjoining rivers, lakes or seas. This also means that the water used for organic farming is not considered as lost water, as it can be used again and can return to the soil and other water sources without causing any harm. The overall positive effect on water, animals and biodiversity means that the well-being and livelihood of cotton farmers and their communities is respected and protected
- 26% less potential for soil erosion
- 46% less impact on global warming
- 70% less acidification of land and water
- 91% less surface and groundwater use
- Organic cotton represents only 0,9% of the 26 million tonnes of cotton produced annually.
- Conventional cotton represents 16% of the world’s insecticides/herbicides (conventional cotton is mainly grown from genetically modified (GMO) seeds, and with the assistance of agricultural chemicals
- A cotton plant needs roughly 180-200 days from planting to be ready to harvest. Cotton is one of the world’s oldest known fibres and seeds represent 66% of the weight of cotton balls.
Organic cotton avoids any kind of pesticide poisoning which can lead to multiple health problems and even death. 200.000 people die from toxic exposure to pesticides per year across the world, according to the UN. While the yield of organic cotton may be lower than unconventional cotton, farmer revenues do not decrease, as their overall expenses are reduced. Crop rotation and intercropping also benefit farmers as it allows them to further supplement their food and income. 300.000 farmers have committed suicide since 1995, in response to the high cost of GMO seeds, pesticides and chemical fertilisers.
The organic raw material sourcing of our production partner complies with GOTS and/or OCS protocol and is guaranteed by traceability certifications. But it wants to take this even further and get closer to having end-to-end visibility on the full supply chain, from thousands of local Indian cotton farmers to the final product. Our partner is currently identifying and tracing all the farmers, ginners, spinners and composite garment manufacturers that work for them. By starting to connect the local farmers and farm groups in their supply chain, our production partner will be able to understand and support them, and help improve their livelihoods in the future.
It’s a long journey from the cotton field to the final product and at every step of this complex our production partner aims to ensure the highest level of responsibility. Ultimately, its goal is to have a positive impact on society, the environment and the economy. Our organic cotton, sourced from India, goes through a number of stages as it moves from the cotton farm to a finished decorated garment to be sold. We only and exclusively sell organic cotton which is certified according to the GOTS standard. The quality controllers of our partner are part of their Bangladesh Liaison Office. They are present in all facilities, making sure that factories comply with social and safety regulations and that all stages of production are running smoothly. Our partner has a team of more than 20 people handling their business in South Asia.
1) India – organic cotton farms Our production partner buys our organic cotton from a selection of smallholder farmers.
2) India – Grinning mill Cotton lint only represent around 32-35% of the entire cotton ball. The rest is used as oil and cattle fodder.
3) Bangladesh – spinning mill: Yarn manufacturing The fibres are twisted and spun into yarn. We only use ring-spun, combed yarn.
4) Bangladesh – Fabric knitting A process of constructing fabric by interlocking a series of loops using one or more yarns.
6) Dyeing & washing
7) Cutting & sewing
8) Ironing & packing
9) Bangladesh to Brussels The final garments are shipped by boat or by plane from Bangladesh to Belgium.
10) Antwerp – Warehouse The warehouse that receives our garments is also GOTS certified.
11) Antwerp to Haarlem (The Netherlands) The warehouse sends our garments to a clothing printing company in Haarlem to finish our products with our logo’s and labels. The company only uses non-harmful inks and sustainable production methods.
12) Haarlem to Damwoude (The Netherlands) The clothing printing company in Haarlem sends our finished garments to our headquarters in Damwoude.
13) Damwoude to you (Anywhere) We will send your fair and sustainably made piece of clothing to you.