Ecological and Social Responsability
What is organic cotton?
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.
Why use organic cotton?
- No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton and the seeds are not genetically modified. It doesn’t damage the soil with overfertilization, has less impact on the air and therefore global warming, and uses 71% less water and 62% less energy. Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides.
- Social and economic impacts aren’t easy to quantify, but to provide an insight into the benefits experienced by organic cotton farmers, 65% of producer groups have fairtrade decent work policies, 97% producer groups encourage woman to work and this has maintained the wellbeing and livelihood of approx 1million lives.
- Ordinary cotton may contain impurities which may trigger certain health concerns by it allergic reactions perhaps due to the use of certain toxic chemicals which may not be in line with the body’s natural functioning. Organic cotton is the preferred choice for its comfort, skin healthy approach and living a holistic lifestyle.
Organic cotton certification
There are currently two independent organic cotton certifications: OCS and GOTS . The certification provides authenticity that the cotton (or linen or wool) being used is organically grown and processed. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
Little Dots uses organic cotton from a GOTS certified mill in Turkey.
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