Selection between organic or conventional cotton is not a crucial factor in the total environmental impact of a cotton garment. Water footprint varies between regions. Although most of the organic cotton is rain-fed, it is not enough to say that is organic. We need to be sure it is not depleting water resources.
Our color grown organic cotton fabric is produced in Brazil, which is rainfed, so no artificial irrigation is used (only rainwater). It is woven and spun in Europe under strict quality controls. Our supplier fully controls the processes of cultivation, spinning and weaving. It does not apply wet processes, only the washing. Conventional finishings as impregnating, spraying, fatigue tests, coatings, softeners, anti-crease treatments, anti-microbe treatments, fungicides, antiseptics, enzyme treatments, humectants, are not been applied.
We apply just one washing process to remove the vegetable fats deriving from the weaving process.
We have decided not to use any cotton that comes from countries or regions where the water scarcity is exacerbated by the cotton industry as happens in North of India. India’s extensive groundwater resources are rapidly being depleted, The government subsidizes the costs of farmers’ electric pumps, placing no limits on the volumes of groundwater extracted at little cost. We have used only when we have no options as it happens with zippers. We made our part explaining to our supplier why we prefer other origin or other material.