Cotton textiles – context and facts



Our gi is made from organic cotton and fair-trade.
A brief introduction.

[euhoverbox heading=”Organic cotton” subheading=”Natural & healthy” img=””]Only 2% of cotton production is organic so far, mostly made in India and Turkey. It is grown with natural plant protecting agents and mainly rainwater, preserving soils, waters, biodiversity and climate. Farmers usually have better revenues. Our organic cotton is GOTS certified and GMO-free. [/euhoverbox]

[euhoverbox heading=”Fair-trade” subheading=”made in Bosnia” img=””] We work with a small manufacture in Bosnia. Their clients are fashion designers from Switzerland, Netherlands and Scandinavia. We have visited it and discussed a lot with the director. We are absolutely convinced of the good working conditions for the ladies who assemble the gis and the high quality they deliver. [/euhoverbox]

This is an exception!
Most cotton clothes are made like this:

[euhoverbox heading=”Conventional cotton” subheading=”An inconvenient truth” img=””]Cultivated on 2,5% of the world’s arable land, mostly China, USA and India, with about 16% of the world’s pesticides: cotton is a most polluting crop. It is very thirsty. Soils are heavily damaged. Most conventional cotton is genetically modified. [/euhoverbox]


[euhoverbox heading=”cotton & water” subheading=”the thirsty fibre” img=””] Three quarters of cotton comes from irrigated land, drying out entire regions (i.e. Aral lake tragedy). During the production process of a conventional cotton uniform, a staggering 30.000-50.000 liters of water are used. Organic cotton farming needs 90% less water than conventional cotton. [/euhoverbox]

[euhoverbox heading=”textile workers” subheading=”working-poor women” img=””] The garment sector is most labour-intense. Millions of women work at lowest wages that don’t cover their living costs. Countless over-hours, physical and verbal abuse, unsanitary and unsafe working conditions and child labour are their sad conditions. [/euhoverbox]

Further reading

General information on cotton by

Life-cycle analysis of organic cotton fibre – a global average, summary of findings by TextileExchange, 2014

The true costs of cotton: cotton production and water insecurity, report by the Environmental Justice Foundation, London 2012

Clothing sector by the International Labour Organization