In-Conversion Cotton: Stepping towards Sustainability

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Srinath

Global Sourcing & Innovation

Cotton, one of the most beautiful, soft, and pure fibres used today in our industry. It is an ancient natural fibre that positively impacts our environment and the surrounding human community, reduces greenhouse gas footprint when cultivated with the best bio-intensive practices.

ZXY is delighted to announce that we have taken the conscious steps to support regenerative cotton farming by advancing our commitment to In-Conversion Cotton, helping communities adapt best growing practices.


What is 'In-Conversion Cotton' (ICC)?

Any cotton output coming from farms during the first three years of an Organic Certification is called In-Conversion. Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) states that any land needs three years to be free from any synthetic pesticides & fertilisers.
 

Certification governing bodies closely monitor for compliance with organic agriculture standards. The final output from the farms is In-conversion cotton, which can bring a paradigm shift in the apparel manufacturing industry.

Turning a traditional farm into organic one takes up to 3 (three) years. The particular time period is known as either the “in-conversion” or “transitional” (hereafter “in-conversion”), it may vary based on the applied organic standard.

During this period of time, farmers are provided with sufficient training and support to implement the organic farming process and achieve their organic certifications. The training period also includes lessons on avoiding harmful techniques for biodiversity and future crops. Certification governing bodies closely monitor for compliance with organic agriculture standards. The final output from the farms are In-conversion cotton, which can bring a paradigm shift in the apparel manufacturing industry.

In-Conversion Cotton Stepping towards Sustainability Infographics

Why is ICC important?

Today only about 01% of total cotton grown is organic. There are a number of conducive Brands saying ‘yes’ to integrate organic cotton into their supply chains, evidently, the industry is in a deficit of organic cotton to meet their needs.

Needless to contend, the demand for organic cotton has soared over recent years to such point that without a realistic plan, organic cotton-customers may not get access to smooth supply in the future, which might be resulting in reeling cotton-customers from choosing traditional cotton over organic. To save our mother nature, it is high time to penetrate every possible opportunity to ramp up organic farming and secure a continuous supply of ICC.


Going forward with ICC

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If you would like to hear more about our In-Conversion Cotton initiatives, please get in touch either by email at www.zxyinternational.com or contact us via hello@zxyinternational.com.

 

Srinath L. Reddy
Global Sourcing & Innovation

 

Useful resources: 

Organic In Conversion Story
In-Conversion/Transitional Cotton At-a-Glance