Organic Cotton - GOTS Certified
GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard and sets the highest ecological, sustainable and social requirements for organically and naturally produced fibres.
Le Pirol does not accept pesticides or other chemicals that harm the environment, wildlife or the health of the cotton farmer. Instead, natural pest control and fertilizer are used. In addition, the cotton is selected manually, therefore machine harvesting is not used. According to GOTS, over 95% of the fibres must come from certified organic farming.
For the knitting and yarn-spinning process, only certain natural chemicals that are environmentally friendly can be used.
According to GOTS, the following must be observed and certified.
- Dyeing is done only with GOTS certified dyeing. (Https://www.dystar.com/gots/)
- Bleaching without chlorine, but instead based on oxygen.
- Waste water treatment must be done in-house and according to strict standards.
- Accessories such as buttons are made of natural materials such as nut-shells.
No Toxic chemicals
The cotton used to produce a single conventional cotton sweater is sprayed with 215g of toxic pesticides and chemical fertilizers on the fields. One single cotton sweater weighs only approx. 600g, so it's a lot of toxic waste going into the soil! (source Textile Exchange)
Most conventional cotton farmers do not wear shoes, gloves or masks when using these chemicals and their drinking water is often contaminated. We take responsibility for this being changed by using organic cotton that is GOTS certified.
Extra good conditions for the cotton farmer.
- Payment of minimum wages complying with legal or industrial standards
- Ensuring health and safety at work.
- Social security / employment contracts.
- No discrimination on gender.
- Prohibition of child labour and forced labour.
- Right to freedom of association and collective unions (trade unions)
Why is Le Pirol GOTS certified?
About 31% of the world's textile consumption is cotton, and therefore the most used natural fibre today. But conventional cotton farming is problematic: we see many toxic chemicals on the fields, genetically modified seeds with life-threatening consequences for farmers and extremely high water consumption. There must be another way!
Cotton is a great material for clothes. We love cotton for its usability, its appearance, feel and its versatility. In addition, Le Pirol will also make sure that it is done in the fairest and most sustainable way.
High water consumption for conventional cultivation.
Approx. 2100 litres of water to produce a kilo of cotton. It's more than 1140 litres for just one jumper! (source: Textile Exchange)