Sara Textile & Apparel Sourcing( Fzc)
Saif Zone, ; SHARJAH, UAE, United Arab Emirates
971 6 5573266
Sourcing agent for fabrics and apparel fabric includes denim, cotton fabrics, knit fabrics, polyester and nylon fabrics and apparel includes knit and woven for women, men and children
Tobatex Inc.
Trading Company
P. O. Box 16452, ; Beverly Hills, California, United States
1 310 859-4707
Cotton fabrics, knitting fabrics, upholstery textile
Apsara Consulting Co., Ltd.
Trading Company
9/87 Soi St. Charm Village, ; Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
66 2 7201572-3
Cotton fabrics, bedding set, knitting fabrics
itochuindia pvt .ltd
Buying Office
World Trade Tower, Ground Floor, Barakhamba Lane, New Delhi-110001, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Silk, cotton fabrics,
10, R. K. V. Road, Erode, Tamil Nadu, India
T-shirts, cotton fabrics, ready made shirts

What Is Organic Cotton? Why Is It a Sustainable Fabric?

Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:27:00

Organic cotton is cotton that is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. While polyester has dominated the fiber for nearly 20 years, organic cotton continues on an upward trend. Here, we analyze this rise and uncover where organic cotton falls on the sustainability scale.

Traditional vs. Organic Cotton

A soft, breathable fabric we know and love, cotton has some unfortunate environmental downsides.

Common cotton production uses agricultural chemicals to ward off pests, with one study reporting that 16% of the world's pesticides are used on cotton. The widespread use impacts water, soil health, and biodiversity in the many areas of the world in which cotton is grown.

Organic cotton, on the other hand, produces a significantly lower environmental impact. Growers report improved soil conditions and fewer pests as a result of developing organic farming practices. Organic cotton also uses less water. While traditional cotton requires, on average, 2210 l/kg of water to produce, organic cotton only uses 182 l/kg of total irrigated water.

While organic cotton still has an impact, it is a much more eco-friendly choice than traditional cotton.

Organizations for Eco-Friendly Cotton

While organic cotton is favored as the most environmentally friendly variety, organizations are also reducing the impact of cotton in other ways.

Better Cotton Initiative

Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is helping cotton farmers and workers use better agricultural practices to mitigate environmental damage, as well as ensure that cotton farmers receive living wages and good working conditions.

BCI cotton is not grown without the use of pesticides; however, it is grown in a manner that minimizes soil damage and pollution. It also promotes the efficient use of water, reducing wasteful watering practices.

Cotton grown under the BCI principles can still be labeled as genetically modified organisms (GMO), as well. Nevertheless, the environmental impact is still less than that of traditional cotton.

Fairtrade Cotton

Fairtrade cotton is labeled by Fairtrade International, a product-focused organization that supports cotton growers by promoting sustainable practices. They work with growers to stop or reduce the use of damaging pesticides and fertilizers.

In some regions, Fairtrade gives farmers the resources needed to adapt to climate changes. As part of the program, the Fairtrade-certified fields in Western Africa and India are rain-fed instead of being irrigated, so farmers use less of their water supply. Fairtrade standards also prohibit the use of GMO seeds.

How to Choose the Best Organic Cotton

In order to choose the highest quality organic cotton, look for a certification. Keep in mind that not all fabric certifications are the same. BCI and Fairtrade certifications, for example, only indicate that more sustainable farming practices were used—not that the cotton is organic.

Here are some certifications you may find on the tags or packaging of organic cotton fabrics.

USDA Organic Certification

Within the United States, any commodity certified as organic had to be grown on land that hadn't used any prohibited substance (fertilizers, pesticides, etc.) for at least three years. However, this only certifies the agricultural processes and does not guarantee that the cotton hasn't been processed or dyed with harmful chemicals.

Global Organic Textile Standard Certification

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certifying organization certifies from the first point of processing all the way through the dyeing and manufacturing stages of a garment. GOTS essentially picks up where agricultural certifiers leave off.

GOTS has a specific list of requirements to certify facilities processing cotton. A "made with organic" label from GOTS requires that 70% of the garment contains organic fibers. An "organic" label must have a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers.

Oeko Tex Certification

While any stage of the textile process can be certified with an Oeko Tex certification, they are mostly concerned with the finished product. This certification does not mean organic. An Oeko Tex certification means that the item has been tested for harmful substances and is considered safe for human use.

Future of Organic Cotton

The new wave of conscious shoppers is driving up demand for more organic products. Organic cotton is the fastest-growing portion of the non-food organic industry. It is expected to continue this upward trend as more farms, companies, and facilities receive certification in response to shoppers seeking more transparently sustainable products.

Romeo Enterprise Co., Ltd.
Trading Company
# 1063 Sanggyedong Nowonku, Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
Auto Parts, Circular Knitted Fabrics, Cotton Fabrics
Rzk 19/233, ; West Sagarpur New Delhi, Delhi, India
91 11 9818442257
Cotton Fabrics,Leather Products
Riun LLC
Trading Company
1220 North Market Street - Suite 808, ; Wilmington, Delaware, United States
1 347 7830403
Trading Consulting. We manage to get in every industry for products like cement, rice, oil, cotton fabrics, jewelry, etc..
Shaoxing Bailishi
Trading Company
Room 310 2 Flat New Century Building, ; SHAOXING, Zhejiang, China (Mainland)
86 575 4128305
Polyester, kintting, cotton fabrics
Erenler MAh. 411 Sok. No:538 Tuna Apt. K.5 D.15 Servergazi, ; Denizli, Turkey
90 505 4064463
Cotton Fabrics,Hemp
Prime International
511,5th Floor Haji Adam Chambers Altaf Hussain Road Karachi, ; KARACHI, SINDH, Pakistan
92 21 2417926
Cotton Waste, Cotton Linter, Polyester Waste, Pta Powder, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Yarn
Kaps Tex LLC
4057 Hickory Fairway Dr, ; Woodstock, Georgia, United States
1770 924 6958
Cotton fabrics, wood flooring
Brimex Pte Ltd
Trading Company
Anson Road, ; Singapore
65 9672 9624
Quilts, jackets, cotton fabrics, material handling equipment such as forklifts, pallet stackers.
State Joint-Stock Foreign Trade Company
Trading Company
75 Buyuk Ipak Yuli, ; Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan
998 712 68 72 55
Textile Products, Cotton Yarn, Cotton Fabrics
Independent broker
Trading Company
249 Horreya Ave Sporting, ; Alexandria, Egypt
20 3 4270043
Cotton Fabrics, Bedding Set
PT. Marco
Trading Company
Cempaka Putih Utara, Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
Yarn, Cotton Fabrics, Polyester Fabric, Synthetic Fibres
Turkuaz Danismanlik
Trading Company
Stfa-kemer Evl. No : 39 Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey, Turkey
Promotional textile, promotion gifts, cotton fabrics, towel & handkerchief
Big K Services Ltd
Trading Company
1 Villa Verde Dr Suite 210, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, United States
Plant Extract , Natural Essential Oils, Foods And Beverages, /Cotton Fabrics
Swastik International
1-C Crystal, 36 Altamount Road, ; Bombay, Maharashtra, India
91 22 30906216
Mushrooms, Tea, Coffee, Cocoa, Cotton fabrics
526-A, Academy Road, Walton,, ; Lahore, Pakistan
92 42 6660677
Cotton Fabrics
16 Mody Rd, ; Hong Kong
852 90384569
Cotton fabrics
Xucun Industrial Zone, ; Haining, Zhejiang, China (Mainland)
86 573 7562581
Fabric, knitting fabrics, cotton fabrics
Continental Exporters
Trading Company
A / 7, T. E. L. C. Complex, H. P. O. Rountana, Tiruchirappally, Tamil Nadu, India
Men Shirts, Formal & Casual, Ladies Skirts, Tops, Pants, Home Furnishing Textiles-Table Cover, Mat, Runner, Kitchen Towel, Bed Cover, Pillow Cover, Cotton Fabrics, Grey Fabric, Bleached Fabric And Dyed Fabric
33a/2 Kilokri, Near Maharani Bagh, ; New Delhi, Delhi, India
91 120 2585162
Bedding set, cotton fabrics
1, Nachipalayam, Karatupalayam, Vellakoil, Kangayam, Erode, Tamil Nadu, India
Bed Spreads, Cotton Fabrics, House Hold
52/34A,Seeyalam 2nd Lane, Villivakkam,, ; CHENNAI, Tamil Nadu, India
91 044 26153227
Hand woven dhurries, pepal greeting cards, cotton fabrics, human hair-exporter
Bettendorf Worldwide
15663 W. Gelding Dr., Surprise, AZ, ; Surprise, Arizona, United States
1 623 2664040
Slings, cotton fabrics
Pak united industry
Bagh Stop Multan Road, Lahore, Pakistan, Pakistan
Cotton Fabrics, Bed Sheets, Textile
P O Box 07193, Calumet Township, Indiana, United States
Clothing, Textile, Bedspreads, Towels, Cotton Fabrics, Hats, Edible Oils, Rice
M.R.N Silks Pvt Ltd
No 9/A1, Tank St, U. I. Colony, Kodambakkam, ; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
91 044 24816644
T-Shirts, Cotton Fabrics, Readymade Garments
SP Cotton
#4,6th Cross, Sengunthapuram, ; Karur, Tamil Nadu, India
91 4324 239650
Bed spread, linen, table cloth, placemat, kitchen towels, apron, pot holder, voile, jaquard, cotton fabrics, printed fabrics, starw items, bamboo mat, coaster, glove, double glove.
Taoli Bus Station, Qixian Town, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China, ; Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China (Mainland)
86 86-571-82827055
Cotton fabrics
Cotton Brush Mfg
Lazaro Garza Ayala 204 La Montana, ; Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Mexico
52 81 80630948
Cotton fabrics, yarn, adhesives & sealants
17-57 Langham Road, London, United Kingdom
Cotton Fabrics
Room 201, No.65 Xin Jing 6thvillage, Nong 340 Jin Zhong Road Shanghai,200335 China, ; Shanghai, Shanghai, China (Mainland)
86 021 62394847
Spandex fabric, cotton fabrics, polyester fabric
Nusrat Trading
Trading Company
19/A, Abbott Road,, ; Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
92 42 6301829
Fruit, cotton fabrics
Atc Export
Trading Company
Naser City, ; Cairo, Egypt
002 02 5551267
Cotton fabrics
1374 Marigold Crescent, ; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1 613 744 2783
Cotton Fabrics, Leather Raw Materials, raw cashews,
Trading Company
Depalpur Road, Kaasur, Punjab, Pakistan
Cotton Fabrics
Viwin International
Trading Company, Agent
23 Stanley Street, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
61-7-3277 3339
Home Textiles, Cotton Fabrics, Garments
Buying Office
K. Balikli Caddesi, Bursa, Turkey
Frozen & dried fruit, plant & animal oil, apparel & fashion agents, cotton fabrics
gautam trading co.
Trading Company
Panchavati Station Road., Borsad, Gujarat, India
Cotton fabrics, silk, agriculture & by-product agents
Senduduk Teguh Enterprise
Trading Company
No. 9173 Jalan Negara, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Malaysia
60-3-4107 4537
Cotton Fabrics, Towel & Handkerchief, Drives & Storage Devices
Manavkuyu, ; Izmir, Bornova, Turkey
90 232 3483439
Cotton fabrics, health food, cookware, agriculture products processing
183 Heping East Road
Cotton yarns, T/C yarns, cotton fabrics, T/C fabrics, beddings, apparels
Trading Company, Agent, Distributor/Wholesaler
44 Sungei Kadut Loop, Singapore
Stocklot, Cotton Fabrics, Knitted Fabric, Jerseys, Fleece, Stock Lot, Spandex, Rib, Polar, Interlock, Textile, Fabric, Stripe, Print
Binshe Village, Hutang Town, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province. China
Embroidery fabrics, woolen fabrics, knitted fabrics, T/C fabrics, cotton fabrics, window decorative fabrics,cushions, bedding sets, garments
10018 Modern City, 217 Huangshan Road, Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province. China
Cotton fabrics, poplins, stain drills, yarn dyed jacquard fabrics and corduroy such as cashmere cotton, spun cotton, tencel cotton, bamboo fiber, modal and other related products
Shaoxing Binhai Industrial Zone, ; Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China (Mainland)
86 575 5882513
Polar fleece, denim & jean fabric, cotton fabrics, polyester yarn and polyester film
No.105 building4 logistics center china textile city
Cotton fabrics, embroidery fabrics, linen fabrics, printing fabrics and blending fabrics
Alliance De Capital
Trading Company
Lincoln Ave, ; Montreal, Canada, Illinois, United States
1 514 961 6043
Iron & Steel, Cotton Fabrics, Crude Oil, Fuel Oil
888 Rajaburana,, Rajaburana, Bangkok, Thailand
Cotton Fabrics
Reliance Trading Co
Trading Company
13, Oxford Rise,13-d/2, Gulshan E Iqbal, ; Karachi, Sind, Pakistan
92 21 8347780
Cotton fabrics, curtain, towel & handkerchief
Old No. 80, New No 72, Moore Street, Ground Floor, ; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
91 44 52126697
Exporter, importer, tea, leather. Canned food, cotton fabrics, herbals
Thirali, Thirumangalam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Cotton fabrics, textile waste, textile stocks, Grey Fabrics, Terry Towels, Bed Linens, Curtains, Bedding sheets etc.
Kasprowicz i Sp z .o.o.
Pl. Hirszfedla 16/17, Wroclaw, Poland
Wiping rags, Cotton Fabrics
Trading Company
# 80-1/11, Prince Street, ; Colombo, Western, Sri Lanka
94 11 2431669
Shirting & shurting, gray fabrics, cotton fabrics, t/c, denim, printed fabrics
Durs Road, ; Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
92 42 5393581
Cotton Fabrics,Denim & Jean Fabric
Suite 5,4th Floor Lahore Tower, ; Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
92 42 5860254 & 56
Cotton yarn, cotton fabrics, denim fabrics, all textile related products
Chemitex (Pvt) Ltd
Corporation/Limited Liability Company
2 Km Jaranwala Road, Khurarrianwala, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Fabric, Bedding Sets, Prayer Rugs Mats, Cotton Fabrics, Poly Cotton, Textile Waste, Home Textile, Dyed, Printed, Duvet, Quilts, Panel Printed, Table Covers, Curtains, Cushions
Philio Pat Trading Int'l
Trading Company
82 Summerlea Street, Markham, Ontario, Canada
Granite, Holiday Gift & Decoration, Auto Accessories, Cotton Fabrics
Cumhuriyet Mh. Arabayolu CD.4 Sk. No : 13/1, ; Istanbul, Turkey
90 555 4974254
Polyester fabric, cotton fabrics, curtain, upholstery textile
Jagir Sidoresmo 7 No 77, Surabaya, Propinsi Jawa Timur, Indonesia
Computer, Cotton Fabrics
Monarchial General Trading
Trading Company
PO Box 251068, ; Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
971 50 6377352
Cement&Sand, Construction Hardware, Leather Raw Materials, Cotton Fabrics
Trading Company
L-13 Block 17 Gulshan-e-iqbal Karachi, Karachi, Sind, Pakistan
Cotton Fabrics
32 Yimin Road, ; Huzhou, Zhejiang, China (Mainland)
86 572 2042519
Cotton fabrics
Multiline Trading Company
Trading Company
365-A, Revenue Employees Society, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Cotton Fabrics
Bombay Stores
Woodhead Road, ; Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
44 1274 392149
Textiles, cotton fabrics
26/57 Mooban Imamporn 4 Soi Watthong Talingchan, ; bangkok, Thailand
66 2 8652474
Textile stocks, cotton fabrics, silk
Cinar CAD, ; Istambul, Turkey
90 212 4523831
Upholstery textile, cotton fabrics
33/9 Sukumvit 11, Klongtoeynua, Watana, Bangkok, Thailand, Thailand
Knitting fabrics, cotton fabrics
Organize San. Bol. P. K.2, ; Kilis, Kilis, Turkey
90 348 8341035-36
Bedding sheet & cover, cotton fabrics
2 Corporation Place,2nd Floor, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Cotton Fabrics
Bpr Enterprises
Trading Company
31 Pari Street, Choolai Medu, Chennai - 600094, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Cotton Fabrics, Denim & Jean Fabric
Atlantic Trading Est.
Trading Company
Apartment No.12/F, Army Housing Scheme,80/1, Sarfraz Rafiqui Road, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Cotton Fabrics, Bed Sheet Sets,T extile Stock lots,Cane molasses
Main Bazar,, Sialkot, Punjab. Pakistan, Pakistan
Textiles,Cotton Fabrics,leather
No.18b Nwankpa Street,, Aba, Nigeria
Cotton Fabrics, Bedding Set, Curtain, Upholstery Textile
Trading Company
63 A, Lane 2, Minar Road, LalaRukh,, Wah Cantt, Punjab, Pakistan
Textile, Bedlinen, Cotton Fabrics, Raw Fabrics......
Al Maghrib International
Al Waheida Road, Dubai, Uae, United Arab Emirates
Cotton Fabrics,
Suheyl Textile Inc.
Trading Company
Long Bazaar New Business Center No. 15/2, Gaziantep, Turkey
Yarn, cotton fabrics
Ortanca Street No : 66 Pendik, Istanbul, Turkey
Textile agent, Cotton Fabrics, Bedding Set, Yarn
G. H. Road, Theni, Tamil Nadu, India
Cotton fabrics
Barkah Textile
D-14 Manghopir Road S. I. T. E., Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Bedding set, cotton fabrics
Krishna VNA Worldwide
C-4 Vidhya Vihar, Opp. Sushila College, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Ready-made white shirts, towel, handkerchief, bed sheets, pillows, curtain cloth, cotton fabrics, shawls
# 61.2nd Floor Glass Towers Main Cifton Road, Clifton, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
92-21-5220416 - 8
Cotton fabrics, polyester fabric, upholstery textile, knitting fabrics
V&M Company
Trading Company
Heinrich Hertz 16, Erlangen, Bayern, Germany
Cotton fabrics, upholstery textile
Gazimuhtarpasa Bulv. Tekerekoglu Is Mrk. Kat : 4. No : 105 Sehitkamil, ; Gaziantep, Turkey
90 342 2152101
Polyester fabric, cotton fabrics
Kurtulus Mah.14 Mayis cad. No : 33 Buldan 20400 Denizli/Turkey, ; Denizli, Tr, Turkey
90 258 4313131
Cotton fabrics, embroidery & crafts textile, cushion
Trading Company
Kazim Dirik CD. No : 4 Gayret Han Kat : 4 Pasaport Alsancak, ; Izmir, Turkey
90 232 4849626
Cotton Fabrics,Curtain
1 Km Khurrianwala, Jaranwala Road, ; Faisalabad, Pakistan, Punjab, Pakistan
92 41 111873639
Cotton fabrics, bedding set
Kavi Raaj Fab
3/123 Kondamanaickanpatti(PO), ; Namakkal-dt, Tamil Nadu, India
91 4286 278503
Cotton fabrics, home textile products
nouvelle mercantile
22-1-2 Aldeguer Street, ; Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines
63 33 5085955
Polyester fabric, cotton fabrics
P 132 Railway Road, ; Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
92 41 2602045
Bedding set, cotton fabrics
Trading Company
Karaman Mah. Sevgi Sok. Karakoc Sit. B Blk. No : 51/10, ; Bursa, Turkey
90 533 8151675
Cotton fabrics, grey fabrics, bedding set, sheet & cover
1382 Sok No : 18 D : 10 Alsancak, ; Izmir, Turkey
90 232 4638735
Polyester fabric, cotton fabrics
New Era House, Mogul Lane, Matugna West, ; Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
91 22 2437 3293
Cotton fabrics, yarn
orient textile llc
Trading Company
724 Custer St, ; Monroe, Michigan, United States
1 734 2430862
Cotton fabrics, polyester fabric, knitting fabrics
yuteks textile
Dosab Gul Sok No : 9 Bursa, ; Bursa, Turkey
90 224 2610652
Cloth, viscose, cotton fabrics, polyester fabric, upholstery textile
4 Hammond St, ; Brighton, VIC, Australia
61 03 95920090
Cotton fabrics, curtain
Pvr Chambers,6-3-249/2/A, Road No1, Banjara Hills, ; Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
91 40 2332 0483
Cotton fabrics, grey fabrics