We always do what many textile producers can’t even promise to do!
In Uganda and Central Asia, we cultivate our own organic cotton in regions with sufficient rainfall. We do not use genetically engineered seeds, artificial fertilisers or pesticides. Our local partners know many natural methods to keep large insect infestations “in check”. An independent certification company controls the adherence to ecological standards.
The organic premium, which we pay on top of the global market price, is comparatively high. This way the farmers can reach higher yields with simultaneously low costs with their organic agriculture. The profitability of a project improves - and at the same time the living conditions of the farmers improve. In addition, we pay a Fair Trade premium. The premium is paid to a group of farmers and its use jointly agreed upon.
Time and time again, we strive to achieve this level. For this, we and our products are awarded with the IVN BEST label, for which we have created our own symbol of excellence. The conditions of the textile production chain change constantly, which is why monitoring is extremely important. This is part of day-to-day operations but at the same time still complex. We are glad to do it, as sustainable action requires consistency.
Harmful substances are a “no-go” - for our organic farmers as well as our suppliers. As we produce according to the world’s highest standard for natural fibres, everything is monitored according to IVN Best guidelines. The obligation to produce “healthy cotton” is our greatest personal concern. For this we have achieved the mark of recognition declaring that our products do not pose a risk to health.
There is great care and a large commitment for a healthy environment in all of our products. They are of too high a quality and our natural resources are too valuable, for us to change our collections each season. At the same time our customers delight in being able to rebuy their favourite design for a long time. Only longevity is sustainable.
We disclose the cultivation methods and the identity of our cooperation partners for our fair organic cotton, as well as all steps of production - from our own production to our suppliers. The Cotonea product passport documents each of these steps: the source of the cotton, the production of yarn and fabric, refinement and manufacturing. Even our energy footprint is no secret. We produce more renewable power than we use in our entire production. You can find more information under Aspects of sustainability. Our transparency gives you security - and a competitive advantage over your competitors.
Organic cotton textiles, no matter whether with the Cotonea brand label or under the name of a different provider: again and again our products are tested, and every time they perform outstandingly. Allergy sufferers react very sensitively to residue - we have only had one single case of reddened skin since the founding of Cotonea in 2003.