Organic Cotton: from field to consumer
|Organic Cotton Farm||
Farm – Farmers work hard to raise cotton with fibers that have the desired characteristics and proper fiber length. It takes up to three years to certify a farm.
|Certified Ginning & Spinning||
Ginning - The fiber is separated from the seed. Organic cotton must be processed separately from conventional cotton, and the machines must be cleaned in advance to avoid any contamination.
Spinning - The cotton is cleaned to remove any foreign matter and then combed. The fibers are pulled together into a loose yarn called ‘silver’, which is then twisted under tension to create yarns. Machines must remain uncontaminated.
|Certified Wadding / Filling||
Knitting & Weaving – The yarns are made into fabrics. The machines working with organic cotton are separated from the others so that conventional cotton fibers in the air cannot contaminate the organic cotton.
|Certified Production Plant||
Quilting, Cutting, Sewing, and Packaging – Fabric is quilted, patterns are cut, and pieces are assembled. Throughout this process it is extremely important that the organic cotton is kept separated, clearly identified and that the certification is tracked. Even the final retail packaging must meet strict organic standards.