This June we visited our production Partner Egedeniz in Izmir again. We are in contact via Email and Phone almost every week. But from time to time face to face meetings are helpful in the development of products, the discussion of complex matters and to re-connect on a personal level. And as we are in the midst of the development of some totally new kind of Shorts we where quite excited to see the first prototypes :-)
Our partner Egedeniz is the leading company in Turkey who has own projects in organic cotton. It has contracted farmers for organic agriculture, following all processes through fiber, yarn, fabric and manufacturing of finished garments. Their agricultural programs are GOTS certified who ensure that all agricultural practices are in accordance with European Union Regulation (EEC) No. 2092/91 on production of agricultural products. All processes from cotton to the end product are followed in accordance with the rules of Sustainable Textile Standards of GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards).
As well as GOTS accreditation, they are certified by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index, measuring and guaranteeing their performance against environmental and ethical targets.
This means that when you buy organic cotton products from us, you know that it was produced every step of the way without harming the environment, by people working in safe conditions and paid a fair wage.
When we where at the factory they where just finishing our prototypes for the new yarn dyed shorts. To we had the chance to look over the shoulder of one of Egedeniz' skilled workers :-)
Turkey is one of the leading countries in the field of organic cotton. In Turkey, organic production has a long tradition in agriculture. Cotton has been produced organically for many years and Turkey is known as the largest exporter of cotton in the world. The main growing areas are located in the southeast and extend to the west of Turkey in the Izmir region. All cotton is hand-picked and processed manually.
Why we choose organic cotton for our products?
Conventional cotton uses huge amounts of water. To produce a single t-shirt you need thousands of litres to produce the necessary cotton. Organic cotton uses much less water.
Global consumption of non-organic cotton releases huge amounts of greenhouse gas into our atmosphere, about 220 million tonnes a year. 1 tonne of conventional cotton fiber produces 1.8 tonnes of CO2e. The damage caused to us and the environment by growing non-organic cotton is enormous and is a real threat to us and our planet.
Statistics show that conventional cotton producers use as much as 25% of the world's insecticides and more than 10% of the world's pesticides on their crop. These chemicals can end up in our water systems, food and farm animals which eventually lead to being in our own bodies as carcinogens which can potentially lead to cancer. According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 20,000 deaths each year are down to pesticide poisoning in developing countries.
... by the way: this is an early prototype of some new shorts we are developing :-)
Our commitment for organic cotton
We have committed ourselves to using only organic cotton in our range of products. Choosing organic cotton means that we do not support the use of pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms used in the cultivation of conventional cotton. The threat of chemical influences in agricultural production has become so serious that more and more people have become aware of the need for change in recent years. The trend towards more environmentally friendly production methods is supported by a wide variety of stakeholders: Organic farmers who want to distance themselves from the excessive use of chemicals, forward-looking companies who have to reorient themselves under the pressure of stricter regulations and tougher competition, and increasingly well-informed consumers who are demanding more social and environmental responsibility. That could be you by the way.
This is part of the warehouse of our partner Egedeniz in Izmir.
GOTS & HIGG INDEX ACCREDITED
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.
All of our organic cotton is GOTS accredited: this means that it has been approved by the Global Organic Textile Standard, an organisation which aims to ensure the validity of organic materials - from the harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling.
A picture taken at Egedeniz' factory in Izmir.