The best fabric made of sustainable cotton has to have a BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) logo. The product is manufactured under strict supervision that allows the employee decent job conditions. Read more to find out about other BCI certification benefits to producers and consumers.
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a global not-for-profit organization and the largest cotton sustainability program in the world!
The main objective of the agency is to add the quality of cotton to sustainable production, benefiting the entire production cycle, from cultivation to the consumer.
The holistic approach of the BCI certification is based on three pillars of sustainability in the production of cotton:
The conscious cotton farmers plant their cotton crops according to their purity that will reflect positively on the environment, in agricultural communities, in workers, and the final consumer.
BCI Members have the option to use the product packaging as a channel to communicate to consumers about their commitment to more sustainable cotton production.
When you see the BCI logo or ‘On-Product Mark’ on the packaging, it does not mean the product is made of physically traceable Better Cotton. It means that you’re buying a majority cotton product, from a retailer or brand that is committed to sourcing Better Cotton and investing in BCI Farmers.
Requirements to acquire BCI certification:
An employment contract that respects the employee, both in the labor area and in health, hygiene, and safety.
Prohibition of child labor
Prohibition of slave labor
Freedom of trade union association
Prohibition of discrimination against persons
Supplier's good agricultural practices
BCI logo guarantees the purest cotton
BCI main objectives are:
To reduce the environmental impact of cotton production.
To improve livelihoods and economic development in cotton-producing areas.
To improve the commitment and flow of sustainable cotton throughout the supply chain.
To use water efficiently and ensure its availability.
To take care of the health of the planting soil.
To conserve natural habitats.
To ensure and preserve the quality of cotton fiber.
Getting the BCI Certification is not an easy task!
After fulfilling these objectives, the next step is to comply with 178 more requirements for the completion of the process according to the cotton American agencies programs.
This form of commercialization fosters a better relationship between consumer and producer within the scope of sustainable development, establishing direct contact with respect for production standards as well as tax, labor, and importation laws.
In other words, to be certified, it's necessary to cultivate with reduced chemical inputs, sustainable dyes, reduced energy consumption in the production cycle, and low water consumption. In short, the planet will thank you.
Organic cotton fields use a crop rotation system that consumes less water, emits less polluting gases.
To protect crops against undesirable insects, there are two options: inserting predatory species that are beneficial for the plants or planting other types of crops that are more attractive for pests. Weeds are pulled manually.
As its name says, its composition is reused material, originated from surpluses of textile industrial production. In other words, to obtain this type of fabric, the leftovers, shavings, or flaps with defects, separated by color and/or type to be crushed giving rise to simple cotton fibers are used. Then, the material is re-sharpened in technical processes until it reaches the desired thickness to be slighted again, light and very soft fabric.
For this production, it is necessary to choose the material that will make up the fabric. The use of natural pigments for dyeing t-shirts contributes to the quality of life of the people involved in the process and, of course, in the galley that will acquire your t-shirt made with this fabric.
This type is possible through the use of rice bran oil (Rice Recycle) a natural fabric softener that minimizes environmental impact and provides good absorbs moisture capacity.