Cotton is one of the most versatile fibers we know. It's absorbent, breathable, soft, durable, it takes dye beautifully and it can be knit or woven to create an almost endless array of fabrics. But, grown and processed conventionally, cotton is hard on the environment. In the fields, it's drenched in pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and other chemicals. In fact, conventional cotton accounts for 24% of all the pesticides used worldwide, including those that are the most hazardous to our health. All of that toxic stuff pollutes the soil and groundwater and runs off into nearby waterways, extending the harmful effects of conventional cotton growing beyond the farms and farmworkers to the environment at large.
Luckily, we have a choice. Right from the start, more than 20 years ago, Coyuchi chose to use only organic fiber for our cotton products. Organic cotton combines all of cotton's amazing qualities with the bonus of being kind to the planet – to the soil and the water, the animals and plants, and to the people who farm and process the fiber, as well as those who use the end products of all that hard work: you and me.
From the Field…
To be labeled organic, cotton must be grown from non-GMO seed according to standards set by the National Organic Program run by the United States Department of Agriculture(USDA). The organic farming standard for fiber, like that for growing food crops, requires that only natural and non-toxic fertilizers and other agricultural inputs are used.
This results in more fertile soil, cleaner water, a healthier environment for farmers and their surrounding communities, and healthier products for consumers, too.
To the Factory….
But "organic" doesn't stop in the field. Once certified-organic cotton is harvested, it’s kept separate from conventional cotton, and when it reaches the factory, there are strict guidelines—provided by organizations including the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) and Oeko-Tex -- that address how that fiber is treated during yarn spinning, weaving, dyeing and finishing, as well as cutting and sewing. This careful oversight ensures that the least harmful substances are used throughout the entire lengthy manufacturing process that leads to a finished sheet or towel.
From Our Source…
Coyuchi sources organic cotton products mainly from India and Turkey, with a few items coming from Germany and Portugal. All of these countries have long histories of cotton production, in particular the high-quality, long-staple cotton we use for our bedding, and they have excellent cut-and-sew facilities nearby, keeping our carbon footprint as small as possible. Although most cotton grown in the US is short-staple, we do source fine, long-staple organic pima cotton (Supima) here at home.
All of the cotton fiber we use conforms to the USDA Organic certification, and the factories that make our cotton products are certified by GOTS or Oeko-Tex. In addition, whenever possible we elect to work with factories that focus on rigorous water recycling, conserving and protecting one of the world's most precious resources.
To Your Home.
Our commitment to careful sourcing means that every cotton product you purchase from Coyuchi has been made—start to finish, farm to factory, seed to sewing machine—with the utmost respect for the environment. And that means great things for the environment inside your home, as well.