organic cotton

Organic cotton : an exceptional natural fiber

Cotton fiber is one of the most extraordinary raw material nature offers us for clothing : Vegetable fibers surrounding the capsule of the cotton seed can be used directly for threads of great regularity and quality.

They consist of more than 95 % cellulose molecules arranged by self-polymerisation in exceptionally fine natural fibers : each fiber being composed of only a few molecules in its width !

Why only organic cotton ?

Organic cotton is what we think of when we speak about cotton : harvested on a natural plant, and then separated from the seed by mechanical means, and used directly in the composition of the threads, which will then be knitted or woven to make clothes.

Organic cotton is that, to the exclusion of all genetic manipulations and use of toxic chemicals (pesticides) which have unfortunately become the way non-organic cotton is grown. Organic cotton is cotton, as it has been for thousands of years and as we think it should always be.

Inspection, certification and labeling

We work exclusively with cotton grown in certified organic agriculture. It comes mainly from Turkey and India. Organic certification is most often carried out by Control Union (Skal label).

According to the suppliers we work with, the following stages of the supply chain (spinning , weaving and knitting, dyeing, finishing , etc. . ) are covered in full, in part or not at all by labelling.

For example, our canvas organic cotton jeans are produced in Turkey (agriculture , spinning , dyeing and weaving . ) Under the GOTS label.This label covers the entire production chain from soil to finished fabric and is one of the few labels to provide a detailed specification including the chemical composition of products used for dyeing.

Most of our organic cotton knits is knitted by a small workshop (not certified itself) in Portugal from certified organic threads they buy from a wholesaler in Portugal ( usually the threads come from Turkey or India) and dyeing is performed by a small workshop in Portugal , according to the criteria of the Oeko -Tex label . While not as demanding as the GOTS label , European regulations and the Oeko-tex proveide quite a good guarantee of the absence of the most toxic chemicals residues, as well as the absence of most toxic chemicals release to the environment .


Nota: If this supply chain is less rigorously certified, it allows us to provide work to small European companies who do not have the necessary size to afford the cost of a GOTS certification. This contribute to maintain local expertise in those small companies that suffer a strong competition from huge companies abroad who,  paradoxically , even when they have the best certifications, are subject to less stringent local environmental standards and control.

 

Organic cotton : what benefits ?

Promote the development of organic farming / Avoid participate in the development of GMOs and pesticides
Promote biodiversity / Prevent the spread of poisons in the environment
Enable a healthier life for farmers and their employees / Avoid contributing to thousands of annual deaths caused by pesticides in cotton farms
Protect our own health / Avoid the risk of exposure to pesticide residues in the clothing we wear all day
Promote a more humane agricultural model with more rural jobs and smaller farms / Avoid ultra-mechanized and financialized agricultural model causing unemployment and rural exodus.


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