Why Organic Cotton
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming.
Our GRUND products are certified by Control Union to the GOTS standard. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. Not only does it ensure that the plants are grown organically, it also requires environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing.
- Textiles must be 95% organic in origin to be GOTS Certified Organic
- Toxic chemicals used in some conventional textile processing, like formaldehyde, heavy metals, and brominated flame retardants, cannot be used
- From farm to factory, organic fibers cannot commingle with conventional.
- Dyes must be naturally derived or safe synthetics (as outlined in the GOTS).
- Manufacturers can’t use finishing methods that pose risks to workers (like sand-blasting denim).
- Manufacturers must have environmental policies and procedures to monitor and improve the environmental performance of their facilities.
- Organic textiles must be stored and transported in a way that prevents contamination by prohibited substances and commingling with conventional products.
- Packaging material must not contain chlorinated plastics (e.g. PVC).
- Any paper or cardboard used in packaging material for the retail trade of GOTS
- Goods (incl. labelling items such as hang tags or swing tags) must be recycled from pre- or post-consumer waste or certified according to a program that verifies compliance with sustainable forestry management principles.
- Transportation means and routes must be documented.
- Textiles must meet specific quality standards in regards to how they hold up to washing and color fading.