Entkörnung der Bio Baumwolle nach der Ernte

Ginning the organic cotton

Separation of organic cotton fibres and seeds in our own Fair Trade projects.

The ginning process Further work stages

Gentle and productive: the cotton gin separates the “white gold” from the cotton seeds

  • Gin Maschine zur Entkörnung der Bio Baumwolle von den Samen
    These very robust, solid cotton gin machines are situated in Uganda. They free the “white gold” from cotton seeds. Only one third of the weight of a harvest contains usable fibres, the rest is seeds and capsules.
  • Stichprobemartige Prüfung der Bio-Baumwolle Qualität
    The part that looks like piano hammers is a mechanical system that checks the quality and staple length of the cotton fibres. They are combed on a felt pad - in this picture with the aid of an old toothbrush. Simple and practical.

The result of the ginning process is super-soft cotton fibres that are pressed into bales weighing up to 220 kg. Whereas the removed cotton seeds are processed into cotton oil. All that is left of this process are the so-called press cakes. These are used for animal feed. Only one third of a harvest contains usable fibres, the rest is seeds and capsules.

  • Warnhinweis an der Entkörnungsmaschine für Bio-Baumwolle Samen
    There, where the cotton fibres run into the ginning machine at high speed, a sign warns workers about the risk of accidents.
  • Pressen der entkörnten Cotonea Bio Baumwolle zu großen Ballen zum Weitertransport
    The ginned organic cotton fibres are pressed into large bales for onward transport.
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Spinnen der Cotonea Bio-Baumwollgarne auf Ringspinnmaschinen
Spinning the organic cotton fibres

Organic cotton fibres are spun into yarns in our spinning mill.

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