The Organic Cotton Initiative
Have you cottoned on yet?
Organic cotton delivers proven benefits for people and the environment. When it comes to sustainability claims you can trust, nothing beats it.
Organic cotton production never uses GM seed. The small-scale farmers who produce the majority of our cotton need reliability, not high risks. Using low external inputs that are locally available, organic allows farmers to work within their limits and with their environment, in a sustainable way. Organic cotton puts choices in the farmer's hands.
By eliminating the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, organic cotton keeps waterways and drinking water safe and clean. The water pollution impact of organic has been shown to be 98% less than non-organic cotton production.
Organic cotton farmers are doing their bit to combat climate change. By eliminating the use of manufactured fertilisers and pesticides and reducing nitrogen inputs, organic cotton growing produces up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions. By maintaining their health, organic practices turn soils into a carbon 'sink', removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
Why should I choose organic cotton?
Find out more about the five reasons why you should cotton on to organic.
- Give control to farmers, not GM companies
- Eliminate hazardous synthetic pesticides
- Help farmers feed their families
- Save precious water
- Combat climate change