Why Organic Cotton?
GOTS certification is a stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing such as spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, 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. GOTS symbol means the products have met strict environmental and social criteria during processing along the whole supply chain.
ALL OUR PRODUCTS ARE MADE OF 100% GOTS CERTIFIED ORGANIC COTTON
GOTS certification is a stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing such as spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, 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. GOTS symbol means the products have met strict environmental and social criteria during processing along the whole supply chain. We partner with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to certify our entire supply chain, which includes our warehouse in the USA and factory in India. GOTS certification standards that protect the rights of our factory workers. Here are some of the requirements to be GOTS certified:
(1) employment is freely chosen,
(2) working conditions are safe and hygienic,
(3) paid living wages,
(4) working hours are not excessive,
(5) no discrimination is practiced,
(6) regular employment,
(7) harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited, and
(8) child labor must not be used.
Organic cotton is produced and certified to organic agricultural standards. Its production sustains the health of soils, ecosystems, wildlife and people by using natural processes rather than artificial inputs. 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 the organic cotton is not treated with pesticides, insecticides, herbicides or GMOs. These toxins are harmful for farmers and workers, consumers, and entire wildlife eco-systems. An effort in the organic cotton movement is to use growing systems that replenish and maintain soil fertility and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic cotton uses far less water too.
The 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. Such pesticides poison farmers all over the world. Factory workers too have to breathe in their fumes during the manufacturing process. These harmful chemicals soak into run-off water after heavy rains, ultimately poisoning ocean, lakes, rivers and waterways. Various report shows that pesticide and herbicides residue has been increasingly discovered in foods. Not only are these carcinogens responsible for thousands of cases cancer in adults, they are particularly harmful to young children who can develop debilitating neurodevelopmental effects.
When you buy our organic cotton products you are investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil and farmer livelihoods. 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.
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.
Learn more about Global Organic Textile Standards here.
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. Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides.
Model for the future:
By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. But organic cotton is 80% rain-fed, which reduces pressure on local water sources. The absence of chemicals also means that water is cleaner and safer. Cotton is often grown in water-scarce areas using irrigation and it takes 2,700 liters of water to make a conventional cotton t-shirt.
Fair price for sustainability:
When you buy organic cotton you are investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil and farmer livelihoods. The price for organic cotton is therefore sometimes, but not always, higher. However, with demand on the rise, more choices will become available.
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 impacts our food system:
Organic cotton is grown from organic cotton seeds. Cotton seed oil is used in a variety of food products such as cookies, chips and vegetable oil, and is also fed to livestock. So while cotton fiber is not something we put in our body, the by-product can make its way into our diets.
You can make a difference:
Caring for the world and the people we share it with is a life choice. Choosing organic cotton is part of this choice. In 2015, 26 million metric tonnes of cotton was produced globally, much of it for the apparel industry. Organic cotton makes up less than 1% of this. By choosing organic over conventional cotton you have the purchasing power to influence brands, manufacturers and even farmers. So let’s change this number
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Social and Economic Benefits
Textile exchange carried out a Sustainability Assessment, and the findings were that:
65 % of producer groups have Fair Trade or decent work policies
97% of producer groups encourage women participation
Ave 9 crop types are grown by producer groups for cash or own use
88% of producer groups grow crops for additional income
96% of producer groups grow crops for own use
96% of producer groups harvest rainwater
96% of producer groups compost
84% of producer groups report community benefits associated with organic cotton