Organic Cotton

Organic Cotton is one of People Tree’s main fabrics and was 82% of our total 2022 order.
Our organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment with systems in place to replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilisers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.  More advantages to using organic cotton include:

  • It is Hypoallergenic. It does not cause any allergy or irritation when it touches human skin

  • Organic cotton farming helps lock CO2 into the soil, helping mitigate climate change

  • Better quality fibre than standard cotton

  • It avoids potentially toxic pesticides, preventing the associated health problems and deaths common in non-organic cotton production

There are many different stories about the high water consumption of Organic Cotton. A large amount of our organic cotton comes from Chetna, in the rain fed states of India.

More about what is considered 'conventional' cotton, this term is used mainly to describe cotton used by fast-fashion brands.

• This is cotton grown using Genetically Modified seeds and pesticides, so that the plant is usually bigger and the yield is higher.

• Cotton growing and the production are not regulated so there are no standards to keep to.

• There are new initiatives that have started to bring in standards for cotton farming, such as Better Cotton Initiative, which works with farmers to improve conventional cotton conditions.

91% of People Tree cotton (2022) is Global Organic Textile Standard Certified Cotton (GOTS).

This is organic cotton that is traceable from the seed to the finished product. Products carrying the GOTS symbol have met strict environmental and social criteria during processing and have been certified by an independent, third party. So not only is the seed and farming organic but all of the production processes including dyeing and printing do not use any harmful chemicals. READ MORE >

14% of People Tree organic cotton in 2022 was dual certified as Fair Trade Cotton (FLO) and Global Organic Textile Standard Certified Cotton (GOTS). Fairtrade cotton farmers are paid a fair trade minimum price and receive a premium price which they can use to cover production costs and fund community development projects. Cotton which is 'dual certified' organic and Fairtrade is considered the 'gold standard' for sustainable cotton. READ MORE >