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WHAT IS ORGANIC COTTON?

Organic cotton is cotton that is produced and certified to organic agricultural standards. Its production sustains the health of soils, ecosystems 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 tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote a good quality of life for all involved.

HOW ORGANIC FARMING SYSTEM WORKS

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ORGANIC COTTON:

Organic By Choice and I Choose Organic take the viewer on a visual journey through the benefits of organic cotton from farm to fashion. Many of the benefits will be easily recognizable, such as healthy lifestyles for all. Others may be more surprising such as the protection of wildlife, waterways, and forests.

ORGANIC COTTON IS USED EVERYWHERE

Organic cotton can be found in everything, from clothing, footwear and home furnishings (towels, bathrobes, sheets, blankets, bedding), to children’s products (clothing, toys, diapers), personal care items (sanitary products, make-up removal pads, cotton puffs and ear swabs), and even stationery and note cards.

BRANDS SUPPORTING ORGANIC COTTON

Many brands are now offering organic cotton. Top supporters of organic cotton are shown below.

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WHEN YOU CHOOSE ORGANIC COTTON YOU SAVE…

When you choose organic cotton instead of conventional, for each piece of clothing you can potentially save water, energy and carbon emissions. It may not seem like much but start adding up the potential impact you could have made by converting the t-shirts and jeans in your entire wardrobe.

(The estimation above is a collaborative effort – derived from applying average garment weights from G-Star and LCA data from Textile Exchange)

IF IT IS CERTIFIED TO AN ORGANIC STANDARD YOU CAN BE SURE IT’S ORGANIC…

Just because a garment is labeled as green, sustainable or eco-friendly does not make it organic. Cotton clothing is only organic if it is certified to an organic cotton standard.

OCS (Organic Content Standard) provides third party assurance that the organic content in your clothes can be traced back to source, while GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) traces the organic content in your clothes and ensures that it is processed socially and sustainably.

HOW ORGANIC CERTIFICATION WORKS

ORGANIC COTTON: THE FASHION-FORWARD FABRIC

Organic cotton is not hippie fashion. Many celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson, Alicia Silverstone, Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba, Natalie Portman, Olivia Wilde, Jamie Foxx, Kelly Slater and Emily Deschanel wear organic cotton – the list goes on. Many, like Stella McCartnery, Bono and Gypsy Rose have started their own organic cotton collection and others, like Neil Young, have gone as far as to publicly boycott conventional cotton in support for organic.

OCS (Organic Content Standard) provides third party assurance that the organic content in your clothes can be traced back to source, while GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) traces the organic content in your clothes and ensures that it is processed socially and sustainably.

“I want to get the message out to as many people as possible…I want to sell as much organic cotton as possible because this helps the farmers. If they can sell organic cotton rather than conventional, it improves their lives immeasurably as they don’t have to spend all their money on chemical pesticides and fertilizers and can finally afford to feed, clothe, house their families, educate their children and afford healthcare, which is not the case if they farm conventionally.”
“Today, I have taken the steps to remove sales of non-organic t-shirts and other products that damage the Earth from my concerts and my web stores… I vow to speak up & to do what I can to PROTECT EARTH… ORGANIC COTTON is the wiser option for both the health of people and the environment.”
“I don’t want to wear something on my body that hurts the environment or the people in it… It shocks me that even today only one per cent of cotton produced in the world is Fair Trade and organic.

It’s important to be conscious of what we’re buying and where it comes from. As consumers, we have so much power to change the world just by being careful in what we buy.”

“Everything I do, I try to think, Okay, what are the ramifications? Like, with the clothes I wear, I prefer if it’s grown organically, because cotton—which is what’s used in most clothing—takes up 50 percent of all pesticide use.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Organic cotton shopping cart

Choose Organic Cotton

Next time you shop for cotton products – choose organic.

Organic cotton certified label

Check For Certification

Make sure your organic cotton product is certified by checking the label.

Talk about organic cotton

Spread The Word

Talk about organic cotton to your family and friends – in person or on social media.

Ask shops for organic cotton

Ask For Organic Cotton

Tell your favorite brands that you want to see more organic cotton in their products.