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How and Why We Ethically Source Our Cotton
Nadya Eddy (she/her)
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8.26.2021

When creating our period care, finding the perfect cotton supplier was as important to us as it was difficult! While going through the process we were shocked to learn about the human and environmental costs to conventional cotton. We opted for organic cotton over conventional cotton for three main reasons:

1. Ethics and Human Rights

First off, what a lot of people don't realize, is that there is a serious human cost to conventional cotton. Forced labor and child labor have been reported in the top nine cotton producing countries that account for 65% of the world’s cotton. By using vetted organic cotton, we can ensure the people who create our products are paid a living wage and fairly compensated for their hard work Source. In addition to fair compensation, we wanted to foster a safe & healthy workspace for our farmers. After learning that conventional cotton is grown with the use of harmful pesticides and dyes that can have adverse medical effects on farmers we began to realize just how important supporting an ethical cotton supplier was (Source).

2. Environmental Benefits

Most people think of cotton as a natural and sustainable product. The reality that we were shocked to learn is that cotton is one of the most chemically intensive crops in the world! According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "84 million pounds of pesticides were applied to the nation’s 14.4 million acres of cotton in the year 2000, and more than two billion pounds of fertilizers were spread on those same fields" (Source). Organic cotton is much kinder to our environment. In stark contrast to non-organic cotton, organic cotton uses 91% less water, produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and is farmed without harmful pesticides supporting healthy soil and nearby waterways. As an added bonus, the decision not to use pesticides is healthier for the farmers who grow the cotton.

3. Quality

In the pursuit of environmental and ethical benefits, the switch to organic doesn’t sacrifice quality. Unlike non-organic cotton, organic cotton has longer fibers that are undamaged by the use of pesticides and chemical processing. This makes organic cotton soft, breathable, chemical-free, and better for YOU. (source)

Sourcing sustainable materials from ethical manufacturers is important to us, so for every stride we make in our period advocacy, we will be conscious of the footprints we are leaving behind. Even though organic cotton makes up a mere 0.1% of the world's cotton, we were set in our decision to find an organic cotton supplier (source)!

Check out these sources to learn more about cotton farming: Soil association report Organic cotton Farming

After a year long journey, August COO Nick Jain found the perfect cotton supplier for our period care.

Our cotton is grown in Mersin, Turkey and is:

  • 100% Biodegradable
  • Fragrance-free
  • Chemical-free
  • Pesticide-free
  • Hypoallergenic

Once we secured the best quality for products we trust with our most intimate are, what really sealed the deal for us was the suppliers laundry list of certification

They are Certified in:

  • Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (ReACH): This certification aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances.
  • Oeko-tex: Is a product label for products from all processing stages that have been tested for harmful substances.
  • The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI): An industry-driven movement that aims to monitor and assess workplace standards across the global supply chain. The BSCI is not an official certification that you earn, instead, we participate in yearly audits of our supply chain to maintain and check-in on our labor conditions.
  • ILO: The International Labour Organization is a UN agency that champions the rights to decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity.
  • ISO: The ISO is an international NGO with a membership of 165 national standards bodies.
  • 9001: This certification is for quality control. It’s purpose is to ensure buyers that the products from a company are at a consistent high level of quality.
  • 14001: This certification means we adhere to a strict environmental management system, composed of the policies, processes, plans, practices and records that define the rules governing our environmental impact.
  • FDA Approval: Is an American government organization that reviews all food, medical and personal products in the US and certifies that the benefits of the product outweigh the known risks for the intended use.
  • Organic GOTS 5. 0 (certified): The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is an internationally recognized organic textile standard.The certification process provides a strict set of guidelines to ensure the environmental and social responsibility of a textile from harvest all the way up to product labelling.

After being ethically and sustainably grown in Turkey, our cotton is shipped to Germany to be turned into tampons and to China to be turned into pads!

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