Cotton textiles – context and facts

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

Organic cotton

Natural & healthy

Organic cotton

Natural & healthy

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.

Fair-trade

made in Bosnia

Fair-trade

made in Bosnia

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.

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

Conventional cotton

An inconvenient truth

Conventional cotton

An inconvenient truth

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.

 

cotton & water

the thirsty fibre

cotton & water

the thirsty fibre

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.

textile workers

working-poor women

textile workers

working-poor women

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.

Further reading

General information on cotton by organiccotton.org

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