Organic Cotton changes people’s lives.
While it’s much harder to quantify the social and economic benefits of organic cotton, there are a few things we can look at to be able to say that organic cotton changes farmers’ lives and their communities for the better. 96% of organic cotton farmers report that they practice composting and 88% of them are able to grow their own crops for additional income.
According to a study by the Textile Exchange, 65% of organic cotton farmers work in Fair Trade or decent work conditions, with reasonable work hours, working with protective clothing, fair wages and the freedom to associate and bargain collectively with each other.
Organic cotton farming does not just reduce a farmer’s exposure to toxic and persistent pesticides; it eliminates them, keeping farmers and their families safe and healthy.