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“Loomstate works hard to partner with the most progressive organic cotton farms on earth. By making long-term commitments we can support incredible efforts revitalizing community health, economic opportunities, and ecosystems throughout the globe.”
- co-founder and CEO Scott Mackinlay Hahn
Socially and environmentally rejuvenating, luxuriously soft, and of superior quality to conventional cotton, organic cotton redefines our definition of quality. For nearly 10 years Loomstate has been using only 100% certified organic cotton in our apparel.
People and Nature First
Organic cotton uses only natural forms of weed and pest control without the use of toxic or harmful chemicals. Trap crops are planted to lure leaf damaging insects away from young cotton plants, while strong scented natural oils spread on fields repel pests. This extra care and consideration protects ecosystems’ beneficial critters: the insect predators and soil turners that help balance pest populations and develop healthy soils. Read more about organic cotton beneficial bugs here.
Organic farming is dependent upon dirt. Healthy, high quality organic cotton requires: manure, green and mature composts, crop rotation, and organic fertilizer crops. These soils are teaming with life. A single tablespoon holds billions of microbes and thousands of species of fungi and micro invertebrates. With properly managed soils, organic cotton farms can produce yields equal to or greater than industrial cotton farms. These soils helps plants ward off diseases and pests while retaining more soil moisture through organic material and uptaken car bon. Functioning soil ecosystems also filter the fresh drinking water that flows into the wells, streams, and aquifers of farming communities. Learn more about what Loomstate is doing to support soil conservation and Organic Cotton clean water projects here.
Farming for Food and Fiber
By escaping the industrial cotton growing trap of impoverished soils and herbicide contamination, organic cotton farmers are able to provide organic, healthy, biodiverse, and nutrient rich foods for their families and communities. Learn more about Loomstate’s Food Security Art Project with Organic Cotton Farmers in India.
Health is Wealth
Organic cotton growers have vastly improved personal health and significantly reduced healthcare costs thanks to environmentally sensitive farm practices. This falls in stark contrast to the human health conditions found on industrial cotton farms where workers face the continual threat of toxic agrochemicals and pesticide poisoning. Loomstate is working with leading industry groups, such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to end the human health impacts of industrial cotton production from field and factory. Learn more here.
Organic cotton farmers working in farmer-owned cooperatives are redefining financial freedom and opportunity. Certifying a farm as organic, a process that takes a transition period of three years—during which farmers must free their soils from chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers--guarantees a 10%-50% premium on all farm products. With community-run organic cooperatives, organic cotton farmers are able use this financial advantage to negotiate prices, get low-interest loans, and make community re-investments in healthcare, education, and commerce. Read about how Loomstate and Chipotle are aiding US Cotton farmers transition to organic.
Not all organic cotton is made equal. In some parts of the world organic cotton farmers are paid subsistence wages and do not have near the economic opportunities that farmer-run organic cooperatives provide. While Loomstate believes in reforming rather than abandoning these less than perfect organic farms, we have one clear goal: To partner with and support the development of the world’s best organic cotton farming communities. Our interest is true sustainability. This requires commitment. We understand that organic transition is a three year process, that organic growing expertise takes time to develop, and finding the solutions to community challenges requires long-term engagement. Learn about our continued partnership programs and Long Term Contracts bringing prosperity, empowerment, and security to organic farming communities.
Cotton is a biological nutrient, able to be reabsorbed and uptaken by ecosystems. While only few cotton products are safe for composting due to chemical processing, many apparel items may be recycled back into fiber or useful secondary products like cardboard, paper, and insulation. Loomstate is working with industry leaders to develop soil safe designs and second life options for our organic cotton apparel. Click here to find out more.