Why Organic Cotton? What is Organic Cotton?
ALL OF OUR TOTE BAGS AND ACCESSORIES ARE MADE OF GOTS CERTIFIED 100% ORGANIC COTTON
Organic cotton is produced and certified to Organic agricultural standards. Its production sustains:
· Soil health
· Eco-system preservation
· Wildlife health
· Well-being of people
Organic cotton does this by using natural processes rather than artificial inputs. Most importantly, organic cotton farming does not allow the use of toxic chemicals or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Instead, it combines traditional, natural innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote a good quality of life for all involved.
The main benefit of organic cotton is that organic cotton is not treated with pesticides, insecticides, herbicides or GMOs. These toxins are harmful for farmers and workers, consumers, and entire eco-systems. A standout effort in the organic cotton movement is to use growing systems that replenish and maintain soil fertility and build biologically diverse agriculture.
Research shows that conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other crop in the world. It is reported that each year cotton producers use as much as 25 percent of the world’s insecticides and more than 10 percent of the world’s pesticides. These harmful chemicals can be deadly, as pesticides can poison farmers all over the world. Factory workers too, have to breathe in their fumes during the manufacturing process. These harmful chemicals also soak into run-off water after heavy rains, ultimately poisoning the ocean, lakes, rivers and waterways. Various reports show that pesticide and herbicide residue has also been increasingly discovered in food and produce. Not only are these carcinogens responsible for thousands of cases of cancer in adults, they are particularly harmful to young children who can develop debilitating neurodevelopmental effects.
Organic cotton promotes safe work & better livelihoods:
Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safe. They are not exposed to toxic chemicals in the field or through their food and water supply. It also means farmers grow more than one crop which supplements their food and income.
Organic cotton reduces environmental footprint:
No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton. It doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 71% less water and 62% less energy.
Organic cotton impacts our food system:
Cotton seed oil is used in a variety of food products such as cookies, chips and vegetable oil, and is also fed to livestock. While cotton fiber is not something we put in our body, the by-product can make its way into our diets.
Model for the future:
By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. Organic cotton is 80% rain-fed, which reduces pressure on local water sources. The absence of chemicals also means that the water used is cleaner and safer. Conventional cotton is often grown in water-scarce areas using irrigation, leading to water shortages. It takes an astounding 713 gallons of water to make a conventional cotton t-shirt.
When you buy our organic cotton products you are investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil and farmer livelihoods in addition to many social and economic benefits. If you are concerned with the welfare of others, using organic fabrics has a major positive impact on your health and the health of our planet.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certification
GOTS certification is a stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest process such as spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, and manufacturing of apparel and home textiles made with organic fiber. The standard prohibits the use of toxic chemicals during the processing stages and includes strong labor provisions as well a prohibition on child labor. The GOTS symbol means the products have met strict environmental and social criteria during processing along the entire supply chain.
We partner with GOTS to certify our entire supply chain, which includes our warehouse in the USA and factory in India. Gallant specializes in eco bags that are people and the planet friendly. All of Gallant’s bags including reusable produce bags and organic cotton tote bags are made of certified organic cotton.
Some of the requirements to be GOTS certified include:
(1) Employment is freely chosen
(2) Working conditions are safe and hygienic
(3) Workers paid living wages
(4) Working hours are not excessive
(5) No discrimination is practiced
(6) Regular employment
(7) Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited
(8) Child labor must not be used
Learn more about Global Organic Textile Standards here.
You can make a difference
Caring for the world and the people we share it with is a life choice. Choosing organic cotton tote bags and accessories is part of this choice. In 2015, approximately 28.5 million tons of cotton was produced globally, majority of it for the apparel industry. Organic cotton makes up less than 1% of this. Harness your purchasing power and create waves in the organic cotton industry.
As consumers, our choices affect the livelihoods of our surrounding environments, including the health of local family farmers and ecosystems. Therefore, it is important to make conscientious efforts towards healthy and sustainable choices.
Thank you for participating and choosing GOTS certified products from Gallant International, Inc. Please contact us for tote bags wholesale, Muslin bags wholesale, wholesale cosmetic bags and more organic cotton products.