It is universal truth that history repeats… In ancient days farming was natural, without using any pesticides and fertilizers. Organic Farming is again a new trend to save earth by adopting “living soil”.
Sahabhu use 100% Organic Cottons certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
Organic farming methods work with nature to maintain balanced ecosystem and biodiversity. Diversity in wild spaces and of native flora and fauna species is part of the equation, but the other important factor is crop and livestock diversity, which brings with the economic diversity and food security for farmers alongside benefits to soil fertility and biodiversity.
Social justice, while not hard-coded into the organic standards or regulations, is nonetheless an intrinsic component to organic, ensuring that people are treated fairly and with respect, regardless of gender or race. Everyone involved has the right to maintain good health and safety, and to prosper from their investment in sustainable agriculture.
The alternative of farming organically without the use of pesticides, is more difficult but it saves lives and improve health. In short run it may reduce the yield of the cotton crop but in long run it provides more benefits. The demand of Organic Cotton is increasing rapidly and contribution of India is prominent in growing Organic Cotton to Producing Organic Yarn to Organic Fabric to fulfil the demand of world market. Worldwide production of Organic Cotton is increasing at massive 50% year on year.
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a positive impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, expand biologically diverse agriculture, and prohibit the use of synthetic toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, as well as genetically engineered seed. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers meet strict federal regulations addressing methods and materials allowed in organic production.
Demand for organic cotton comes from two primary sources:
1. Consumers who are making a lifestyle choice to support organic cotton.
2. Brands and retailers that are making proactive decisions to reduce their carbon, water and chemical footprint by adopting the use of more sustainable materials. Organically grown cotton provides a positive solution.
Benefits of Organic Cotton Clothing for infants
Organic clothes are just comfortable to infants. Due to the advanced awareness parents are glad to provide their kids and experience visible changes in their kids.
As a result of a horticulture and ecological well-disposed strategy in short environmental friendly, the nonexistence of pesticides keeps your new born baby always happy and healthy.
It guarantees customer value by rendering all high standards, for instance, GOTS (Global organic Textile Standards), SEDEX (Enabling ethical and responsible supply chains), FLO International and other worldwide developments that advance natural cotton.
Avoid Allergies and Skin Concerns
It feels so soft on infants’ tender skin and free from any allergies and/or chemical sensitiveness.
Why to join the Organic Cotton Campaign?
“Organic cotton is proven to deliver positive benefits for people and the environment. When it comes to making sustainability claims you can trust, nothing beats it.” Lord Peter Melchett, Policy Director, Soil Association”
Here are five reasons the campaign says, why you should choose organic:
1. IT GIVES CONTROL TO FARMERS, NOT GM COMPANIES
Bt cotton, a breed of cotton genetically modified with insecticidal toxins from the Bacillus thuringiensis bacterium, is the only GM crop that has been widely commercialized in developing countries. Yet it’s hardly the silver bullet against poverty and hunger that GM companies have claimed.
“Bt cotton does not guarantee a good harvest or higher yield, in fact it can be more vulnerable to external pressures like drought and disease,” the report says.
“This makes GM a risky option for farmers who cannot afford to spend more money on the higher-priced seed, pesticides, and fertilizers it demands. Farmers are gambling their livelihoods and falling prey into debt in the hope of higher returns.”
2. IT ELIMINATES HARMFUL PESTICIDES
Cotton is a toxic crop. Although it occupies just 2.5% of agricultural land, it consumes 7% of all pesticides—and 16% of total insecticides—used in farming globally each year. Up to 77 million cotton workers suffer poisoning from pesticides every year.
“Up to 77 million cotton workers suffer poisoning from pesticides every year.”
“Pesticides don’t just cost lives, they often land small-scale farmers in debt, too,” says the campaign. “Increasingly expensive, pesticides can make up 60% of the costs of cotton production, eating into diminishing returns and pushing farmers into debt.”
“Over 0.75 KGs of toxic chemicals are used to grow the cotton needed for a conventional cotton sheet set!
About 0.5 KGs to make a T-shirt and pair of jeans.”
3. IT HELPS FARMERS FEED THEIR FAMILIES
Because organic principles require farmers to grow a diversity of crops to maintain healthy and fertile soil and ward off pests. These crops often double as a source of food, enabling farmers and their families to feed themselves year-round.
“Any surplus food can be sold at local or regional markets, bringing extra income and improving the food security of cotton farmers’ local communities,” the report adds. “Income diversification, from growing food or other crops, also helps insure organic farmers against crop failure, climate variability, price volatility, and changes in market demand.”
4. IT SAVES WATER
As one of the thirstiest crops on the planet, cotton uses and average of 11,000 litres of water for every kilogram of cotton produced. Most cotton is irrigated, draining groundwater, lakes, and rivers while threatening ecosystems, wildlife, and water availability for other humans needs. Organic cotton, which is primarily rain-fed, helps preserve vital groundwater stores.
“Organic cotton is primarily rain-fed, which helps preserve vital groundwater stores.”
Organic production also results in healthier soils, which are better at holding onto and soaking up water that comes from rain or irrigation. “Organic soils make better use of water inputs and are more resilient in drought conditions,” the campaign says.
5. IT HELPS COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE
By eliminating the use of manufactured fertilizers and pesticides, as well as reducing nitrogen inputs, cotton farming produces up to 94% less greenhouse gases, according to the Soil Association and GOTS. Plus, organic techniques turn soils into carbon “sinks,” which helps remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)
GOTS is a voluntary standard that covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading, and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibres (such as organic cotton, organic wool, and organic silk). As with organic food standards, a textile product carrying the GOTS organic label must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres, while a product with the ‘made with organic’ label must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres.
As consumers seek more ecologically and responsibly processed textiles, more companies are becoming GOTS certified. According to the Organic Trade Association’s 2014 Organic Industry Survey, fibre, for the second year in a row, is the largest non-food organic category in terms of sales, reaching $960 million in 2013.
“It’s not easy to grow organic cotton,” said Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director of OTA. “These latest numbers show the genuine commitment of organic growers to produce cotton in the most environmentally friendly way, and to respond to an increasing desire by consumers for organic fibre. Today’s consumers want to incorporate organic not just in the food we eat, but in the clothes we wear, the sheets on our bed, and the mattresses on which we sleep.”
Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)
The use of genetically modified organisms – including their enzymes – is incompatible with the production of textiles labelled as ‘organic’ or ‘made with organic’ under GOTS.
At Sahabhu we make sure that product we use are derived from non-GMO international standards.
Slow and steady wins the race… Definitely it is advisable to go for slow fashion as it displays combination of terms ‘eco’, ‘ethical’ and ‘green’ fashion in broader sense. Some of the concept are really heart touching.
- Buy long lasting product and overall pay less
- No use & through – learn to repair and not replace
- Know your product’s history which you are wearing
- Replace your wants with your needs
- Last but not least… Slow Fashion never out-dated like fast fashion 🙂
Various colours have been derived from plant sources like fruits, vegetables, flowers, roots, berries, bark, leaves, wood etc. And other organic sources such as Fungi and Lichens.
Three Primary colours RBY are Red, Yellow and Blue. Three secondary colours Green, Orange and Purple are derived from mixing two primary colours. Another six tertiary colours are created by mixing primary and secondary colours.
- Red – Red colour can be derived from the Beetroot, Heena, onion skins, Eucalyptus, Bamboo, Daylily blooms & Madder red.
- Yellow – Yellow colour can be derived from the Kesu, Sewali flowers, Beetroot leaves, Turmeric, Celery leaves, Butternut & Pomegranate.
- Blue – Blue colour can be derived from Indigo and Hyacinth flowers.
About Fair Trade
Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. Fairtrade is about changing the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.
Fairtrade set the Social, Economic and Environmental standards for both the companies and the farmers and the workers.
Sahabhu uses only 100% Fairtrade certified cotton.
Major Benefits of Fairtrade:
- The fair trade protects farmer and workers by providing standards for worker’s rights and environment.
- Fair trade set standards for companies Minimum Price which will benefits to farmers and workers.
- “Fairtrade Premium” is additional sum of money to invest in business or community projects of the community’s choice.