Organic


Organic Fiber - Strictly regulated growth without the use of toxic chemicals, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, irradiation, sewage sludge, or genetic engineering 1,2.
Examples - Cotton, wool, hemp, flax (linen)
Non-Organic Farming Organic Farming
SOIL Chemicals used strip soil of nutrients and destroy critical soil microbes 3. Natural fertilizers (compost/animal manure) and crop rotation keep soil healthy 3,4.
WATER Pesticides used can seep into the water and food supply, causing numerous health problems including cancer 3. Healthy soil allows for better water retention and less water use throughout entire growing season 5.
AIR Nitrogen synthetic fertilizers increase nitrous oxide emissions; a greenhouse gas 300x more potent than carbon dioxide 3. Produces lower greenhouse gas emissions by naturally recycling the nitrogen already present in the soil instead of adding more 3.

 

Did you know...
Conventional cotton (non-organic) production uses more insecticides than any single crop. It is considered the worlds “dirtiest” crop and is the most hazardous to human and animal health. 4
 

What makes a cotton product organic?
All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown. 2
 

How is organic cotton regulated?
-- Before Harvest --
Pre-harvest organic cotton regulations are controlled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP). 2
  • Agricultural products containing less than 70% organic ingredients cannot bear the USDA seal or any other organic certifying agency. 2
  • Help protect organic quality by filing a complaint if you suspect a violation.

 

-- After Harvest --
Post-harvest organic cotton is regulated by third party certifying agencies like the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). 1
  • The GOTS label "organic" means the textile contains a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers
  • The GOTS label "made with organic" means the textile contains a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers.
  • Any product with less than 70% organic fiber may not carry the GOTS label.
  • To be considered 100% a product must be grown and harvested organically.
 

 

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