Conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other crop in the world. It is estimated that each year cotton producers use more than 10 percent of the world's pesticides. Much of our cotton is grown in developing countries where sometimes little education is given about how to use the pesticides properly, so some farmers overuse harmful chemicals on their cotton crops. This harms both their land - making it difficult to produce the next year, and their communities. The World Health Organization states that up to 20,000 deaths each year are caused by pesticide poisoning in developing countries.
Organic cotton production is one way to reduce this harm to the land and the people growing the cotton. Also, because organic cotton is a growing trend - farmers are generally given more education to learn this method of production which in turn increases their growing capacity. Additionally farmers who grow organically have a higher likelihood of working in fair trade conditions.
Liz Alig works with Assisi Garments to produce our organic cotton collection. Their fabric is both GOTS and FLO-CERT certified organic cotton. Assisi Garments works with over 400 farmers that are paid a fair wage while producing the cotton. Through their efforts the farmers have been able to build drinking facilities, schools in the villages, irrigation drip systems, and compost education.
Next the cotton fibers are spun and woven in their facilities and dyed using low impact dyes or GOTS certified chemicals.