Basically, organic cotton farming uses no chemical insecticides or artificial fertilizers. Innovative methods are used instead, like pest control using odours. Because these methods make the organic cotton unique, compared to regular cotton, it's important to make sure that contamination does not occur. Organic cotton must therefore be treated separately throughout the entire chain of production.
"The certification systems that we use to ensure that the cotton can be guaranteed as organic are GOTS and OCS", explains Marcus Bergman. "Both systems use third-party controls, which mean that an independent third party verifies that the product can be traced throughout the entire chain and that it fulfils the requirements. Traceability is guaranteed by generating transaction certificates at each stage of production, starting with the cotton farming and onward. This is how you can trace the cotton back to the field – it's a huge difference compared to regular cotton, which is typically treated as an entirely anonymous raw material. The way we see it, traceability is how we can make an impact – because through knowledge on the conditions at every stage of production, you are able to improve the processes. Ultimately, it's about making sure that the ones working at the origin, i.e. the cotton farmers, have the best possible conditions regarding both work environment and health. Getting rid of chemical pesticides and fertilizers benefits both the environment and the farmers!"