Why we exclusively use certified organic cotton and innovative sustainable materials
Certified organic cotton is farmed, milled and weaved under strict social and environmental guidelines. These guidelines are enforced and checked upon frequently to ensure there is zero use of forced or child labour all the way down to the farm.
Each worker at every stage of the supply chain is paid the correct wage based on their level of skill rather than a low to non-existent wage to allow for affordability of the end product.
Chemicals and dyes that are hazardous to human health are banned to ensure that the end product, as well as the production chain does not harm the users or the environments health.
In conventional cotton farming methods farmers can not grow other crops such as food to feed themselves and their family due to the use of toxic chemicals and GMOs. Certified organic supply chains allow them to do this.
Toxic pesticides and insecticides are banned due to harming the farmers, end-users and environments health. Instead they use natural repellents such as spearmint oil, citronella, quartz sand, iron potassium and beeswax.
GMO seeds are banned due to their risk of allergies, cancer and environmental issues. Crops are 96% rain fed. Currently conventional cotton uses a large amount of water to be produced. In recent years the Aral Sea Basin dried up due to feeding cotton crops in the area.
Conventional cotton farming methods destroy the soil whereas certified organic farming methods enrich the soil.
Within conventional cotton supply chains a majority of the workers are forced, children or paid non-living wages. Certified organic supply chains are here to change this but unfortunately they are still scarce. In 2019, out of 108 million tonnes of fibre produced less than 1% was certified organic.
This amounts to around 180,871 tonnes compared to 55.1 million tonnes of polyester.
Refibra Tencel is an innovative sustainable material produced in a closed loop system with a 99% recovery of solvent used.
Produced using post and pre-consumer cotton waste as well as wood pulp to create high-quality sustainable fabric that feels akin to silk and offers superior breathability and absorbability over even certified organic cotton.
We do not use recycled polyester, nylon or cotton.
These fabrics are end-of-life products which can't be recycled after they have been recycled once and do not hold a high level of quality.
A majority of recycled polyester does not come from clothing but recycled PET bottles This means that currently the use of single-use plastic bottles and availability of recycled polyester go hand-in-hand.
The origin of these fabrics is also very hard to trace and if you are buying them you should always look out for certifications such as the Global Recycled Standard and the Recycled Claim Standard. If the fabric/brand does not have these it is highly likely it was not produced in a sustainable way but rather for profit in a market that is changing to be more sustainable.
When worn these fabrics continuously pollute the environment and body. Synthetic fabrics such as recycled polyester do this due to being a soft plastic.
When worn and warmed by body they shed micro-plastics into the environment and your body at an average rate of 400 micro-plastics per 20 minutes of wear.
This amounts to over 900 million micro-plastics shed from wearing a single polyester garment daily. (sourced from IET).
Conventional cotton is produced using GMO seeds as well as contains toxic dyes and chemicals that are absorbed by your skin when worn, and washed into the waterways when washed.
At Koziko London we believe clothing should be beneficial to the user and environments health, rather than damage it. We are committed to transparency within the fashion industry and only providing the highest quality of certified organic materials that push us closer to a prosperous future free of exploitation and destruction of the planet for profit and affordability in one part of the world.
Together we will create the future we want to see.