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Organic materials

Nowadays, there’s a growing number of those who use organic materials in garments and home textiles. But what does organic mean and what does GOTS stand for?
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In organic production, only methods that are not harmful to humans, animals, plants or the environment are used. Organic farming requires more effort, but in the long run, it burdens the soil less, keeps groundwaters clean and protects the biodiversity.

Organic farming is based on crop rotation, which means that several different species can be grown in the same field. Workers do not have to deal with toxic substances since neither synthetic fertilizers nor pesticides are used in organic farming. Instead, natural methods are used in fertilizing and preventing diseases. Organic farmers must follow strict environmental and social responsibility standards and many of them have a certificate to ensure this.

In addition to cotton, typical organic materials are silk, wool, linen and hemp. Some of the cosmetics in Weecos are also organic, which means that the items contain at least 95 % of organic ingredients. Leather and fur can be organic materials. In these cases, the animals have lived in the wild and have been run over by a car or hunted due to population control.

 

The super soft cardigan with buttons by Aarrekid is made from 100 % organic cotton, and Hulmu's shirt with a wide collar is 100 % organic linen.

Organic cotton ja GOTS

Cotton is a light and breathable material, which does not pill or electrify, and it is often used as a blend with other fibers. Although the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and transgenic seeds is prohibited in organic farming, organic cotton requires a lot of water, like normal cotton, to grow. Compared to cotton, organic cotton is more expensive since it is more challenging to grow.

The garments containing organic cotton often have the GOTS certificate. GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard, which was published in 2006. GOTS aims to certify the whole life cycle of the product from farming the raw material into distribution. GOTS includes both ecological and social criteria, for instance, minimum wages and the use of chemicals.

The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibres. The garment can also get a special GOTS Organic symbol, which means that at least 95 % of organic fibers are used. More about GOTS and its criteria can be read here.

 

 

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