Continental Clothing Company is actively supporting the growth and expansion of organic cotton farming. An increasing number of its products is certified organic. Furthermore, new product lines are being introduced that contain organic-in-conversion cotton, thus helping conventional cotton farmers in the crucial period of transition to organic agriculture. The Company's long-term aim is to produce all its products in organic cotton.
Continental Clothing Co. is licensed by the Soil Association and the Control Union, to supply fully certified organic products in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard.
The Company also holds a licence to use the Soil Association Organic Standard logo on products that meet the organic standard criteria. All the certified products that are sold 'unprocessed', that is without printing, can carry the logo. Garments that are printed according to the organic standard can also carry the organic standard logo at the point of sale.
CLICK HERE to view our GOTS Organic Standard Certificate and Product Schedule in PDF.
The aim of these standards is to define requirements to ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
Approved are natural fibres that are certified organic and fibres from conversion period certified according to recognised international or national standards and certified by any IFOAM accredited or internationally recognised (according to ISO 65) certifier.
The following social criteria currently apply to the textile processing level only. As far as a practical quality assurance system for the farm level will be in place, these social criteria also apply for the farm level.
- Employment is freely chosen
- There is no forced or bonded labour
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic
- Child labour must not be used
- Living wages
- Working hours are not excessive
- No discrimination is practised
- Regular employment is provided
- Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited
Read the full standard here
Cotton, the most valuable non-food agricultural product, is labelled as the world's “dirtiest” crop.
Vomiting, paralysis, incontinence, coma, seizures and death are some of the many side effects suffered by farmers and children in the developing world who are routinely exposed to pesticides, many of which are banned or restricted in use in the West.
Steve Trent, Director of Environmental Justice Foundation, says “With no less than 99% of the world’s cotton farmers living in the developing world, the pesticides are applied in fields where illiteracy is high and safety awareness is low, putting both the environment and lives at risk”. He adds “The dangers faced by poor illiterate children and farmers, to keep our clothes cheap, is unacceptable”.
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