What you need to know about BIO COTTON
Since we believe that organic cotton is one way towards a better future, we only use the best materials available. For example, the organic cotton used for our BIO COTTON products is pure and not blended with conventional cotton. Further, our organic cotton is certified by either the OCS (Organic Content Standard) or the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). So whenever you find a BIO COTTON product in one of our stores, OCS and GOTS guarantee that the flow of the cotton is thoroughly checked and monitored right from its source down to the final product. You see, we take this matter very seriously.
What BIO COTTON means to farmers
So, we told you about the advantages of organic cotton for you and your family. But we claimed that it would offer a better future to everyone. That’s right, because the people who really need this change are the producing farmers. Using organic cotton over conventional cotton helps generate both income and jobs whilst reducing direct impact on the environment. Further these farming methods improve both the farmers’ health and the local water quality. It’s in your hands to truly support farmers and their families – and help save the environment. How, you ask? Please watch this short video to understand how organic cotton works for the individual.
The next steps towards a better future
Like said before, we are only at the beginning of a long journey and there is a lot of work still to be done. For example, only a rather small number of farms use organic cultivation methods compared to conventional cotton. It is important to establish customer relationships since they are not only valuable for companies but especially for the farmers as they provide for greater income security and promote organic farming as a true alternative.
In order to help farmers switch to organic farming, C&A Foundation is founding specialized organizations that offer free trainings and support for future organic farmers. New skills, knowledge and of course access to certified organic seed are the foundation of organic farming. C&A Foundation is also trying to connect brands, governments and NGOs under a unified plan in order to expand and strengthen the organic cotton market. We believe that it takes a lot more certified organic farmers all around the world to achieve our common goal.
The advantages are obvious: the organic cotton market is less vulnerable to market price fluctuation. This is a real advantage to the farmers as it supports income security.
There’s no use of synthetic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers which helps farmers save good money. Organic fertilizers and pesticides can easily be produced on location – even the seeds can be reused directly from the plant. And as if the amount of saved money wasn’t good enough, organic cotton significantly reduces water and air pollution.
Organic farming also involves crop rotation which creates new revenue streams while protecting against market and climate failures. This helps farmers to keep their soils healthy for good.
BIO COTTON is all of that. It guarantees you that no genetically modified seeds are used, it supports farmers, saves the environment and feels good for you and your loved ones.
We guess you can now understand why BIO COTTON is such a heartfelt matter for us.
We care about our products and how they are being produced. And we know you care about that, too. Thank you for caring and helping.
If you want to find out more about organic cotton and how it can offer a better future for all, please check out the new Global Sustainability Report and our C&A Foundation website.
To try out our growing BIO COTTON collection, visit a C&A store near you.