If all cotton were grown organically, the use of insecticides worldwide would be reduced 25 percent. We at Coyuchi are working toward this end.
We use only 100% Certified Organic cotton in our bedding and have been recognized for our efforts, receiving the United Nations Second Annual Fashion Industry Award for Environmental Exxcellence.
Every fiber of cotton we spin is produced in accordance with the standards set forth by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM):
Seeds must be non-genetically engineered.
Insects should be controlled by methods that stimulate what occurs in the natural environment where good bugs eat bad bugs.
Emphasis is placed on keeping plants healthy and therefore, more resistant to infestation.
Chemical fertilizers or inputs, such as herbicides or other pesticides, cannot be used.
Fields are weeded by hand.
Additionally, we only purchase cotton from the Chetna Project, an organization devoted to growing fair-trade, Certified Organic cotton. The Chetna Project empowers and improves the lives of marginalized peasant farmers who cultivate cotton on a small scale, in many ways including allowing farmers to become partners in the business chain, no longer depending on traders.