Organic cotton

organic cotton fabrics, yarns, ribbons and fibres

The pure 100% organic cotton fabrics, yarns and fibres from ECOLOGICAL TEXTILES are GOTS certified. That guarantees environmentally sound, sustainable manufacturing and processing, fair trade, but also top quality and reliability.

To the organic cotton textiles


ORGANIC COTTON WOVEN FABRICS

Woven fabrics from organic cotton, made in different techniques and weaves, e.g. organic cotton voile and batist, organic cotton canvas, organic cotton denim, flannel, organic cotton molton, organic cotton gabardine, organic cotton poplin, satin... View the different fabrics, colours and weights. Order samples to feel and view the quality.

All organic cotton fabrics from ECOLOGICAL TEXTILES are made sustainably in Turkey, with respect for man and nature and GOTS-certified.

ORGANIC COTTON KNITTED FABRICS

Organic cotton knitted fabrics, e.g. organic cotton interlock, organic cotton velour, organic cotton rib, organic cotton single jersey, organic cotton sweat... View the different techniques, compare weights and colours and order samples.

All ORGANIC COTTON FABRICS from ECOLOGICAL TEXTILES are made from Turkish Aegean cotton. They are sustainably produced with respect for men
and nature, and GOTS-certified.

YARNS

ECOLOGICAL TEXTILES offers organic cotton yarns for sewing, knitting and weaving. Most of these yarns are made from organic cotton and are GOTS-certified. This applies for the organic cotton knitting yarns, organic cotton weaving yarns and organic cotton sewing yarns.

There is also a collection with recycled cotton yarns, that contain a certain percentage of pre-consumer waste.

The organic cotton sewing yarns in several thicknesses and colours are available on large (5000 meter) and small (100 meter) cones.


RIBBONS

ECOLOGICAL TEXTILES offers organic cotton ribbons, bias tape, elastic. These webbings are made from or with organic cotton. Even when they don't show the GOTS certificate, they may be considered as sustainable alternatives to more commonly used synthetic tapes.



RAW ORGANIC COTTON FIBRES

ECOLOGICAL TEXTILES offers raw cotton fibers, grown in Turkey, as well as nonwovens from organic cotton. Both materials are perfect for stuffing, filling and wadding.

The nonwovens are made from Tanzanian organic cotton and bear the GOTS certificate.



Cotton and Ecological Textiles

Cotton is the most commonly used fiber for clothing textiles. Of course! Organic cotton from ECOLOGICAL TEXTILES feels comfortable, is soft on the skin, fairly strong and can absorb about twenty percent moisture before feeling wet. Cotton fabrics feel cool because cotton is a good heat conductor. The heat insulating capacity is therefore low. That makes cotton an ideal material for making summer clothes! Thicker and heavier cotton fabrics and yarns can also be used for making winter clothing. Organic cotton is skin-friendly, suitable for the sensitive skin, and easy to maintain.

One of the major objections to 'conventional' cotton is that it is sprayed with herbicides and insecticides. According to some studies, a quarter of the pesticides used worldwide end up on the cotton fields. It has been calculated that about 125 grams of agricultural poison is used to make a normal 250-gram T-shirt. The consequences for people and nature are disastrous. This applies in the first place to cotton workers.

Water use

A second objection is that cotton is a 'thirsty' plant that needs lots of water. Unfortunately, organic cotton is also increasingly being put away as an environmentally unfriendly plant for that reason. This picture is not entirely correct. Cotton is counted among the xerophites, plants that are able to limit their water needs. This can be due to the shape and structure of the leaf, but also due to a strong root system. An important part of cotton cultivation is without artificial irrigation, even in countries like India. In many areas the normal rainfall is enough to be able to grow cotton. On the other hand it is undoubtedly true that the desertification that occurred in some areas, can be traced to cotton cultivation. This is the case, for example, with the drying up of the Aral Sea. However, a major cause here is a destructive agricultural policy that has led to depletion of the earth. This cannot be related exclusively to the growing of cotton.

Organic cotton

In the cultivation of organic cotton, no pesticides are used, natural enemies (insects) are combated in an environmentally friendly manner. Weeds are not sprayed but removed mechanically or manually. Picking the cotton balls is done manually, without defoliating the plant first. GMO is forbidden.
In addition, much attention is paid to the necessary restoration of the soil (through natural fertilization) and to water management.

Aegean organic cotton

All our 100% organic cotton fabrics are made in Turkey. The Turkish cotton is of excellent quality (long fibers, strong and soft) and the country has a fairly big cotton industry. Farming and processing take place in the same region. Transport to our ECOLOGICAL TEXTILES warehouse is possible by truck.
Cotton is grown in various regions in Turkey. ECOLOGICAL TEXTILES only uses so-called Aegean organic cotton, which is grown and processed in the region south-east of Izmir. We have built up a good working relationship with weaving and knitting companies here since 2005. The factories we work with are all GOTS certified.


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SAMPLES

The webshop offers the possibility of buying seperate samples and sample sets. It's possible to order small quantities, from one meter.