Organic Cotton




GOTS certification is a stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing such as spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, manufacturing of apparel and home textiles made with organic fiber. The standard prohibits the use of toxic chemicals during the processing stages and includes strong labor provisions as well a prohibition on child labor. GOTS symbol means the products have met strict environmental and social criteria during processing along the whole supply chain. We partner with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to certify our entire supply chain, which includes our warehouse in the USA and factory in India. GOTS certification standards that protect the rights of our factory workers. Here are some of the requirements to be GOTS certified:

(1) employment is freely chosen,

(2) working conditions are safe and hygienic,

(3) paid living wages,

(4) working hours are not excessive,

(5) no discrimination is practiced,

(6) regular employment,

(7) harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited, and

(8) child labor must not be used.

Organic cotton is cotton that is produced and certified to organic agricultural standards. Its production sustains the health of soils, ecosystems, wildlife, and people by using natural processes rather than artificial inputs. Importantly, organic cotton farming does not allow the use of toxic chemicals or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Instead, it combines traditional, natural innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote a good quality of life for all involved. The main benefit of organic cotton is that the organic cotton is not treated with pesticides, insecticides, herbicides or GMOs. These toxins are harmful to farmers and workers, consumers, and entire wildlife eco-systems. An effort in the organic cotton movement is to use growing systems that replenish and maintain soil fertility and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic cotton uses far less water too.

The research shows that conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other crop in the world. It is reported that each year cotton producers use as much as 25 percent of the world's insecticides and more than 10 percent of the world's pesticides. These harmful chemicals can be deadly. Such pesticides poison farmers all over the world. Factory workers too have to breathe in their fumes during the manufacturing process. These harmful chemicals soak into run-off water after heavy rains, ultimately poisoning ocean, lakes, rivers, and waterways. Various report shows that pesticide and herbicides residue has been increasingly discovered in foods. Not only are these carcinogens responsible for thousands of cases cancer in adults, they are particularly harmful to young children who can develop debilitating neurodevelopment effects.  

When you buy our organic cotton products you are investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil and farmer livelihoods. If you are concerned with the welfare of others, using organic fabrics has a major positive impact on your health and the health of our planet.

As consumers, our choices affect the livelihoods of our surrounding environments, including the health of local family farmers and ecosystems. Therefore, it is important to make conscientious efforts towards healthy and sustainable choices.

Thank you for participating and choosing GOTS-certified products from The Terra Thread Collection.

Learn more about GOTS Certification here.