Why Organic Cotton Clothing
Q: What is Organic Cotton?
A: Aina's organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
Q: Why organic?
A: Our choices impact the health of this place we call home. Organic farming
- Keep millions of pounds of
chemicals out of the environment
- Create healthier working
conditions for farmers and agricultural workers
- Do not depend on chemical
pesticides (poisons), synthetic fertilizers, or genetically engineered
- Reduce global warming.
Organic farms pull CO2 out of the atmosphere as much as three times the
rate of conventional farming practices and releases less CO2 into the
atmosphere because it does not rely on chemical fertilizers and herbicides
(Rodale Institute, 2008)
- Promote bio-diversity.
Insect and bird life has been found to be as much as 50% greater on
organic farms than conventional farms (UK Soil Association, 2000)
- Demonstrates your commitment
to social and environmental responsibility
Q: What is organic farming?
A: The term organic describes a method of farming without the use of toxic and
persistent pesticides or fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation or genetic
engineering, and are certified by an accredited independent organization. It is
a system of farming that strives for a balance with nature, using methods and
materials that are of low impact to the environment (Source: Organic Trade
Q: What proportion of the agricultural chemicals are used to support
conventional farming practices for cotton?
A: Conventionally grown cotton consumes 25% of the insecticides and more than
10% of the pesticides used in the world (Source: Organic Trade Association,
- Current estimates for World production of cotton is about 25 million tonnes or 55 trillion pounds and accounts for 2.5% of the world's arable land.
- That's a lot of chemicals being used.
Q: How does organic farming support bio-diversity?
A: Through crop rotation, promotion of soil health, and through an absence of
agriculture chemicals that effect the ability of wild life and insects around
the farm to thrive (Source: Organic Trade Association, 2008).
Q: Why manufacture in China, Mexico
A: We carefully choose our production locations based on quality and market
parameters. In these locations we are able to manufacture according to
the highest international standards of social, environmental and organic
compliance while offering a finished product that makes economic sense.
Q: Why Focus on “Sustainable” Textiles?
- Textile waste occupies nearly
five percent of all landfill space.
- One million tons of textiles
will end up in landfills every year.
- 20 percent of industrial
fresh water pollution comes from textile treatment and dyeing.
- In 2009, the world used three
trillion gallons of fresh water to produce 60 billion kilograms of fabric.
- It takes 713 gallons of fresh
water to make one cotton T-shirt.
- One trillion kilowatt hours
are used every year by the global textile industry, which equates to 10
percent of global carbon impact.
(Source: Global Report Market Report on Sustainable Textile, Textile