Choosing better cotton – and its farmers
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) aims to transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. Whenever you purchase a cotton garment from Scotch & Soda, you're supporting The Better Cotton Initiative. You're also supporting BCI farmers, who use water efficiently, care for the health of natural habitats, reduce the use of harmful chemicals, and respect the rights and wellbeing of workers.
Spotlight on: alternative fabric sources
A plant-derived fiber alternative, hemp can usually be grown without pesticides or insecticides. Hemp can grow in many types of soil, and it takes less water to produce more plants per acre than conventional cotton.
Speaking of which, when cotton is produced organically, it requires 95% less water which results in it being a much more sustainable fiber choice. For cotton to be considered organic, it needs to be grown on land that has been certified free of pesticides for at least three years and from plants which are not genetically modified. In addition to using much less water, the production of organic cotton also engages fair labor practices, and nets higher prices for the cotton farmer.