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WHAT DOES OCS STAND FOR?

OCS stands for Organic Content Standard, which is a standard that verifies the presence and amount of organic material in fabrics, but also tracks the flow of organic materials from its source to the final product. OCS is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of certified organic input and chain of custody. The OCS certificate only applies to fabrics that contain minimum 95% organic cotton fibers.
Nooteboom Textiles cares about the environment and decided to invest in organic cotton and OCS certification.

The goal of the Organic Content Standard is to increase organic agriculture production and to provide the textile industry with a trademark to recognize organic cotton. Each company within the supply chain is inspected every year by a professional third-party certification body, which means that our organic fabrics are produced by a thrust worthy factory which uses only certified yarns.

The OCS license number of Nooteboom Textiles is CU1000425.



WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REGULAR COTTON AND ORGANIC COTTON?

There is a world of differences between regular cotton and organic cotton, also known as bio-cotton. Cotton is the most popular natural fiber all over the world and the demand keeps growing. To keep up with this demand, cotton growers in countries like India, China and Turkey resort to artificial means and excessive use of harmful chemicals. Their cotton grows much faster than organic cotton, but they do not think about the consequences of their way of working. Let’s walk through the differences between these two types of yarns.

REGULAR COTTON

For regular cotton farmers use genetically modified seeds, which makes the cotton more resistant to bugs. Nevertheless, farmers also use pesticides and insecticides to exclude all kinds of bugs, even when this is bad for the health of workers, the biodiversity and the quality of the soil. Farmers try to make regular cotton grow faster by using fertilizer on the same soil for a longer period, which causes heavy irrigation in the long term. When the soil is unhealthy, crops require more water which results in more water wastage. After regular cotton is fully grown, farmers use chemicals in the form of herbicides that kill weeds before harvesting. Harvesting is done by heavy machines which cause CO² emissions, not even speaking about emissions necessary for the production of the machine itself. The processing of regular cotton uses a large number of chemicals such as heavy metals and chlorine which cannot be removed by washing.

ORGANIC COTTON

Organic cotton grows from natural seeds, which makes the organic cotton more pure and natural than regular cotton. Instead of using harmful chemicals, organic cotton farmers use harmless insects to reduce the number of bugs. This is not only good for the local biodiversity and soil health, but also for the health of the workers. Farmers who grow organic cotton do not need fertilizer, because they keep their soil healthy and fertile through altering cultivation, which results in healthier crops and less water use. This means we already came along five differences between regular cotton and organic cotton before it is even harvested! The weeds of organic cotton are being removed by hand, which creates jobs for the local community and supports the local economy. Harvesting is also done by hand, so the cotton crop is not damaged by machines which results in a high quality yarn. Because of its purity, organic cotton is a stronger and better fiber than regular cotton.

WHY IS ORGANIC COTTON BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?

The regular cotton production uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides. Organic cotton does not need any toxic chemicals and is for 80% watered using rainfall, which reduces the pressure on local water sources. Organic cotton uses 88% less water, 62% less energy and 50% less CO² than regular cotton, which is good for the environment. Organic cotton is hypoallergenic, sustainable, and eco-friendly compared to regular cotton. The protection of the local ecosystem, reducing wastage of water and ensuring a safer working environment for farmers and manufacturers are all benefits of organic cotton.

A SELECTION OF OCS CERTIFIED PRODUCTS

WHY SHOULD WE INVEST IN OCS CERTIFIED FABRICS?

Organic cotton is a high quality fiber which is produced in a sustainable way. You do not sell just the fabric, you sell a story, a thought, an idea, and a future.  Only two percent of the global cotton production is organic cotton, but together we can make this percentage grow by asking our suppliers more often for organic cotton. By investing in organic cotton you can also be part of the solution. Let’s take small steps together towards a more sustainable textile industry and show your customers that you care about the environment!

DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR MY OWN OCS CERTIFICATION?

If you sell to consumers (B2C) you are not required to be certified yourself to sell the OCS certificated fabrics from Nooteboom Textiles as OCS certified. If you sell to companies (B2B) and you do not have your own OCS certificate, you are also allowed to sell the rolls and double folded pieces as OCS certified. However, you are not allowed to add official logo’s or stickers on your fabrics, garments or marketing tools like a sales hanger. If you re-sell the rolls or double folded pieces as you originally received including official logo’s, you do not need to remove the labels.

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