HOW WE SOURCE OUR ORGANIC COTTON IN A GLOBAL SHORTAGE
"Not only is getting access to cotton more difficult, this shortage has also incited an increase of organic cotton prices by nearly 50%"
Caroline Poiner, Co-Owner of Cloth & Co.
With so many economic pressures and farmers becoming increasingly vulnerable, organic cotton fraud in India has once again reared its head. After an investigation by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), it was revealed that in excess of 20,000 metric tonnes of cotton was was wrongly certified as organic. This has led to a significant shortage of organic cotton - a global issue as a result of the pandemic, which has also sped up the global demand for sustainable fibres, including organic cotton. As a consequence, not only is getting access to organic cotton a more difficult and lengthy process, this shortage has also incited an increase of organic cotton prices by nearly 50%.
What We Are Doing
We have been working closely with our mills, with whom we have excellent relationships, and we have been able to secure organic cotton for our next few collections. However, these factors will continue to impact us and how we work. Our number one priority is to work closely with our suppliers to ensure that these impediments don't have a negative impact on the people we work with or our long term relationships.
Producing Our Organic Cotton Jersey
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