At North South we endeavour to use as many sustainable materials as we can in our products. We thought it'd be a good idea to give you a quick break down of what we're currently using, and what we are going to be using in the future.
This post features Organic Cotton, and its benefits!
Organic cotton is a natural, renewable and biodegradable material.
Organic cotton is used in our products because there are a number of environmental benefits as well as social benefits. Not only do organic cottons not use pesticides or chemicals in their growth, but we source our products from suppliers which are part of the Global Organic Textile Standard agency. This ensures that all the cotton picked for our garments is done by workers earning a fair wage, using no child labour, and a high standard of ethics meeting the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) credentials.
It also is not genetically modified. 30% of cotton grown for the textile industry is genetically modified (Soil Association), costing farmers more, and impacting negatively on human health and the local wildlife.
The toxic pesticides used in standard cotton production is responsible for the poisoning rivers and wildlife and the deaths of approximately 16,000 people per year. Using organic cotton means that its better for the workers own health as they avoid harmful chemicals, and the factory environments are much safer and cleaner.
For more information visit http://www.soilassociation.org/whatisorganic/organictextiles/organiccotton
Check out some of our products which use Organic Cotton