The main difference between conventional and organic cotton is that with organic cotton, the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers is prohibited.
While organic cotton was our most-used material in 2019, we have reduced the amount and decided to prioritize other materials instead. However, there is still some organic cotton in use — mostly in small amounts.
|No GMO (genetically modified organisms) seeds used.|
|Conserves Water and uses rainwater more efficiently.|
|No pesticides and no use of toxic chemicals.|
|Crop rotation, intercropping and composting build organic matter. Therefore, no fertilizer needs to be used.|
|Physical removal of weeds and natural defoliation.|
Which items contain organic cotton?
We use organic cotton for our clothing, sizing and care labels. As well as for the dust bags, which come with our Morrocan raffia bags. The thread that is being used to sew all of our garments consists of polyester and is covered in cotton.
Where do these organic cotton items come from?
Clothing, sizing and care labels: We order our labels from an Austrian company. All labels consist of certified organic cotton. We do not know the full supply chain and are working on making this more transparent.
Dustbags: We order our dust bags from a German company. The bags are being produced in India and consist of 100% certified organic cotton. The printing process happens in Germany, using certified organic dye.
Thread: We tried (and failed) to source sustainable thread made of TENCEL™. This innovative product is mainly sold in big quantities, which small businesses like us can't afford. Therefore, we have to use polyester thread covered in cotton, which comes from the German company Gütermann. Our goal for 2021 is to switch to a more sustainable option!