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WHAT DOES ORGANIC COTTON MEAN?

In order for a cotton to be certified as organic, there are several tests it needs to pass:
  • The seeds used can only be non-genetically modified and grown without using toxic synthetic chemicals, pesticides, or fertilisers. 

  • The production reduces overall human, animal, and environmental impact. 

  • Organic certification requires safe working conditions, no child labour, and fair wages.

  • Production must protect water supplies and treat all waste water. Chlorine bleaches and chemicals commonly used in textile processing that can cause cancer, birth defects, and other serious illnesses are not allowed. *

  • A single non-organic cotton t-shirt requires on average 700 gallons of water to produce. Organic cotton uses 91% LESS water to produce due to healthier soil and less water pollution from run-offs.

*77 million non-organic cotton farmers suffer from acute pesticide poisoning, resulting in up to 20,000 deaths each year. Due to chemical exposure, the average life expectancy of a non-organic cotton farmer in India is mid 30's.  

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