There are a number of reasons why CARE BY ME has chosen to become GOTS certified (Global Organic Textile Standard) and work with organic cotton instead of conventional cotton.
Organic cotton is better for the environment
Organic fibers are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or potentially toxic pesticides. By building soil fertility, organic farmers help lock CO2 into the soil, helping mitigate climate change.
It also avoids the use of the toxic pesticides that, in non-organic systems, are responsible for poisoning wildlife and rivers, as well as destroying the lives of an estimated 16,000 people each year.
Organic cotton is better for workers
By avoiding potentially toxic pesticides, cotton workers benefit by avoiding the associated health problems and deaths common in non-organic cotton production. Avoiding pesticides also reduces production costs and farmer debts – the burden of pesticide debt has resulted in thousands of suicides in India which is the world’s largest cotton producer.
Organic cotton is non GMO
A significant amount of all cotton grown worldwide is genetically modified, but GMO is specifically banned in organic systems. GMO cotton poses a potential risk to wildlife and human health, as well as exposing farmers to unnecessary expense.
Organic cotton has restricted use of chemicals and limited residues
GOTS ensures that the chemicals used in processing textiles meet strict requirements in toxicity and biodegradability. Final products are restricted in the amount of allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemical residues. These residues can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and may cause allergies, skin rashes or respiratory problems.
In contrast, non-organic manufacture uses tens of thousands of acutely toxic chemicals, many of which are classified as hazardous by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Factory conditions are better
Poor working conditions and lack of individual rights in the garment industry are commonplace. GOTS certified organic textiles must meet social criteria based on the International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions. These cover minimum wages, working hours, child labor, freedom of association, discrimination, harsh or inhumane treatment and more.
CARE BY ME has GOTS certification No: CU863102