Visitors to the BF+DA s.LAB can learn how over 30 different fibers are made, manufactured and used, and the environmental and social impact of each of those fibers. Organic Cotton Colours (OCC) is one of many resources featured in our collection of sustainable textile resource library.
Santi Mallorquí Gou, the CEO of Organic Cotton Colours tells us that the company offers full traceability and supervises the whole production process from planting the seeds through to manufacturing the garments, including cultivation and spinning. OCC does this by working closely with the growers and companies who are just as much a part of their company as the CEO.
“In this way we obtain truly pure organic cotton in the natural colours of the Earth, purchased through fair trade, in complete harmony with the environment, and with the utmost respect towards the growers who tend the plants and the people who wear our clothing,” says Gou.
For the past 25 years, the company has put the environment on the top of the agenda alongside developing close relationships with farmers.
“Our farmers are our shareholders. These are the people who work in the fields, and this is where our most important decisions are taken and where our highest commitment begins and the base of our OCC Guarantee,” says Gou who adds that the certification or Guarantee, offers a key piece to brands that allows them to tell as well as show a fully traceable fiber story.
“More than 150 farmers and their families in Brazil are just as much a part of this project as we are, guaranteeing the purity of our cotton right from the seed. We are able to implement our own growing project in Brazil thanks to all the farmers and families with whom we work as a team. No intermediaries and no exploitation. Our number one priority is not only the health of the people who wear our cotton but also that of the people who grow it and the land on which it grows,” says Gou.
Organic Cotton Colours cotton farmers follow biodynamic organic farming systems, in complete harmony with the environment, using only animal traction and no artificial irrigation methods. Cotton growing is alternated with other crops for their own use such as millet, beans, peanuts, sesame, palm, castor oil, cucumbers, etc. This means that the whole family can subsist from their crops and make profits from the cotton.
“We generate a real social impact. On our part, we offer them the assurance of future stability by bringing them into our project. We guarantee the involvement of all the farmers, buying everything the families are capable of producing every year. All of them have the assurance that they will continue to work with us in the future,” says Gou adding that all the farmers are the owners of the land on which they work.
“We want to give them stability and make sure they feel part of the project, and at the same time prevent the price inflation so typical of the conventional cotton industry, which many other companies take advantage of to raise or drop prices at will which directly affects the remuneration paid to growers. So when someone uses our OCCGuarantee® fabrics for their collection, they are sustaining the social project in Brazil and we are so grateful for that.”
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Learn more about OCC in the video below.