Why I use only cotton products from sustainable and certified organic production in my collection
With good reason, there is a growing awareness and concern about the impact of the textile industry on the environment because textile production can destroy entire ecosystems. In addition, research has shown that washing clothes releases millions of tons of microplastics every year. According to SustainableFashion.Earth, currently 72% of all discarded clothing is made from synthetic materials that can take up to 200 years to biodegrade.
The textile manufacturers I work with use 100% organic cotton because the use of conventional cotton can never be ethically justified. Conventional cotton represents 2% of the cultivated soil on earth, but a massive 17% of the chemical use of pesticides worldwide, a danger to humans and biodiversity.
The decision to use only organic cotton is a challenge - after all, it represents only 1% of the world's cotton production. All textiles I use in my collections are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) or OCS (Organic Content Standard) and OEKO-TEX (no harmful substances) certified. In addition, I only use environmentally friendly water-based inks for textile printing.
Commonly used textile dye is the second largest polluter of clean water in the world. The only sector that pollutes more than the fashion industry is the oil and gas industry. However, the partner factories of the textile manufacturers I work with are equipped with state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plants that remove toxic elements from the water and ensure safe reuse.
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