Organic cotton is grown in 18 countries around the world including India, Turkey, China, and Tanzania. Several different certification organizations carry out checks to certify this cotton as organic under their standards. At IKEUCHI ORGANIC, we have chosen organic cotton grown by the bioRe Project in India and Tanzania as the most suitable, and use it exclusively for our organic cotton towels. bioRe cotton is grown without agricultural chemicals or chemical fertilizers through a social project that supports independence for farmers in disadvantaged communities.
The cotton used at IKEUCHI ORGANIC is grown through the bioRe Project run by Swiss trading company Remei AG. Acknowledging Remie corporate philosophy that ‘Treating mankind and nature with respect is the key to sustained economic success’, we have chosen to support the growth of bioRe cotton through manufacturing towels and other textiles.
The bioRe project is driven by the following five principles:
Promoting well managed organic farming methods
Paying a premium and providing dignified conditions for workers
Eliminating substances that are harmful to the environment
Commitment to full traceability through the whole manufacturing process and disclosure of business management
Promoting environmental protection and reduction in CO2 emissions through use of biogas and other means
The bioRe Foundation is an integral part of the bioRe Project. Founded in 1997, the bioRe Foundation develops programs to provide psychological and material support to producers, ensuring continued success of the bioRe organic cotton project. The bioRe Foundation aims to protect human dignity through practicing organic farming following these five principles.
1. Right to Ecology
Gaining sound knowledge of organic farming methods and management of training centers to develop technical skills
2. Right to Education
Providing educational infrastructure (building and managing schools) for children in farming villages
3. Right to Development
Interest free loans to farming families in need, and a five year purchase guarantee
4. Right to Health
Providing infrastructure to maintain the health of producers such as operating a Health Bus and constructing wells for safe drinking water
5. Right to Work and Fair pay
Providing systems to improve producer income
・Transition to organic farming methods eliminates the need to buy chemical fertilizers and agricultural chemicals
・Growing and selling other crops such as soy and corn through crop rotation, a fundamental organic farming technique, creates alternative income
・Supporting the livelihood and independence of women in farming communities through hand weaving and sewing courses empowering women to create their own income through sale of their products (bioRe Foundation)