ORGANIC COTTON

APPROXIMATELY HALF OF ALL TEXTILES IN THE WORLD ARE MADE OF COTTON YET <1% IS CERTIFIED AS ORGANIC

THE BASICS

Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic fertilisers, insecticides and pesticides and without genetically modified seeds.

THE PROBLEM WE ARE SOLVING

16.1% OF THE WORLD’S INSECTICIDES AND 5.7% OF TOTAL PESTICIDES ARE USED IN CONVENTIONAL COTTON PRODUCTION

THE DIFFERENCE

Organic farming can save up to 90% of the water used in cultivation compared to what’s required to farm conventional cotton. This is because organic cotton must be rainfed.

THE FACTS

COTTON PRODUCTION PROVIDES INCOME FOR MORE THAN 250 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE AND EMPLOYS ALMOST 7% OF LABOUR IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

70%

FERTILISERS ARE A SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF NITROGEN-LINKED GHG EMISSIONS, WHILE PESTICIDES EMIT CARBON DURING MANUFACTURING.

THEY ACCOUNT FOR ~70% OF GHG EMISSIONS IN
CONVENTIONAL COTTON CULTIVATION.

McKinsey & Co // Global Fashion Agenda

OUR GOTS COMMITMENT

We only work with supply chains that have been independently certified to the Global Organic Textiles Standard (“GOTS”).