All organic cotton used in MORICO clothing is GOTS-certified. Velour and sweater fabrics are produced in Turkey, and are sourced through trusted European and Finnish suppliers who visit the factories regularly. The jerseys and digiprinted sweater fabric are produced in Portugal and Greese, and velour fabrics in Izmir, Turkey.
In the textiles we use, the GOTS-certification ensures organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. GOTS social criteria are based on the International Labor Organization (ILO) key conventions which include workers’ rights and ban on child and forced labor.
GOTS prohibits the use of hazardous chemicals commonly used in textile processing and requires that all dyes meet strict criteria and approved prior to their usage. When manufacturing without hazardous chemicals, both factory workers and environment are protected. This improves soil health and reduces water pollution impacts. In addition, there are no harmful residues in the end product, consumers are protected. The certification is undertaken by an independent GOTS-approved certification body and facilities are inspected regularly.
Read more about GOTS from here.
Organic cotton and water
Based on the Life cycle analysis findings by Textile Exchange report, organic production of cotton uses average of 90% less of water compared to the results of conventionally grown cotton. In addition, toxic chemicals used in conventional cotton production are poisoning the water.
Manufacturing of GOTS certified cotton, wet processing units must keep full records of the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and waste water treatment. The waste water from all wet processing units must be treated in a functional waste water treatment plant.
However, organic cotton have both pros and cons. Therefore, one of our main aims is to search also for recycled materials as well as replacing part of cotton by for example recycled cotton or hemp which require less water and other recourses than organic cotton. At an advantage, high quality of organic cotton fabrics are a key for long lasting products.
Shop our Organic Cotton pieces here.