Cotton used by IKEUCHI ORGANIC has been inspected by Swiss certification organization bio.inspecta under strict EU standards from the fields through to the spinning process and granted organic certification. Criteria include using non-genetically modified seeds, growing in fields where chemical fertilizers and agricultural chemicals have not been used for three years or more, and spinning the yarn at certified factories. This certification also proves that the human rights of producers are respected by inspecting the working conditions of people involved in production from the fields through to the factories.
There are several different certification standards for organic cotton throughout the world. While the details vary slightly, each organization grants certification based on the following standards:
Crops must be grown in fields where chemical fertilizers and agricultural chemicals have not been used for three years or more
2. Spinning Process
Production lines must be strictly isolated from regular cotton (grown with agricultural chemicals, chemical fertilizers, or genetically modified seeds) in order to avoid contamination
Only cotton that complies with these conditions, as checked through on-site inspections, can receive organic certification. These measures ensure that businesses and consumers can choose real organic cotton with confidence.
The certification process follows a set structure. Inspectors from the certifying organization make regular inspections to check seed stock is not genetically modified and agricultural chemicals and chemical fertilizers are not being used. Cotton is spun at certified factories to avoid mixing with non-organic cotton. These thorough checks by an independent third party are what enable producers to grow certified organic cotton. While post harvest checks have special significance, the overall structure of certification creates an environment for producing organic cotton by supervising all stages from seed sources through cultivation methods and the spinning process. Cultivating organic cotton requires an enormous amount of labor. It requires great effort to sustain the methods of organic farming used to produce crops without relying on agricultural chemicals or chemical fertilizers. Despite this, there are still reputable producers willing to invest the time and cost required to go through the organic certification process, and produce certified organic cotton.