The journey of organic cotton starts with securing untreated, natural (non-GMO) seeds. These seeds are often hard to come by and this can be a real issue for farmers. Once seed is secured, the land needs to be prepared and the seed sown. It takes approximately 60 to 70 days from planting until the first flower appears, and bolls appear 50 to 70 days after bloom. The growth cycle of the cotton plant lasts for approximately 5-6 months. During this time, soil fertility, water, pests and weeds need to be managed. 45 days after bolls appear, the cotton boll will begin to naturally split open along the bolls’ segments. Once the cotton boll is fully dried and fluffed, it is ready for harvesting.
The general process of transforming seed cotton from the farm into the final garment includes ginning, spinning, weaving/knitting, dyeing, finishing, cutting and sewing. Organic certification ensures that the cotton passing through each stage of the manufacturing process is tracked.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Choose Organic Cotton
Next time you shop for cotton products – choose organic.
Check For Certification
Make sure your organic cotton product is certified by checking the label.
Spread The Word
Talk about organic cotton to your family and friends – in person or on social media.
Ask For Organic Cotton
Tell your favorite brands that you want to see more organic cotton in their products.