NASPEX ORGANIC cotton
organic from the seeds
NASPEX GREEN cotton
organic from the production
STANDARD CONVENTIONAL cotton
NON organic in every step
Seed preparation:
Natural, untreated GMO free seeds.

CONVENTIONAL

Typically treated with fungicides or insecticides. Possible GMOs.

Soil preparation:
Healthy soil through crop rotation. Retains moisture in soil from increased organic matter.

CONVENTIONAL

Synthetic fertilizers, loss of soil due to mono- crop culture, intensive irrigation.

Weed control:

Healthy soil creates natural balance. Beneficial insects and trap crops used.

CONVENTIONAL

Aerial spraying of insecticides and pesticides. Nine of the most commonly used pesticides are known cancer-causing agents.

Harvesting:

Natural defoliation from freezing temperatures or through the use of water management.

CONVENTIONAL

Defoliation induced with toxic chemicals.

Production:

Warp fibers stabilized using double-plying or nontoxic cornstarch.

SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTION

Warp fibers stabilized using toxic waxes.

Whitening:

Safe peroxide is used.

SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTION

Chlorine bleaching creates toxic by-products, which are released into the environment.

Fnishing:

Soft scour in warm water with soda ash, for a pH of 7.5 to 8.

SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTION

Hot water, synthetic surfactants, additional chemicals (sometimes formaldehyde).

Dyeing:

100% NATURAL HERBAL DYE – this is above the standard of organic GOTS cotton dyeing.

NO DYEING

High temperature containing heavy metals and sulfur.

Printing:

HERBAL DYE screen print or low-impact, water-based inks and/or pigments with no heavy metals. European Chemicals Regulation (REACH)

Low-impact, water-based inks and/or pigments with no heavy  metals. European Chemicals Regulation (REACH)

Pigments may be petroleum based and contain heavy metals. Run-off spills into waterways, polluting streams.

Fair trade:

Social criteria in place to ensure safe, healthy, non-abusive, nondiscriminatory environment with living wages.

SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTION

No social screening. Possible child or forced labor used. Facilities may be unsafe and unhealthy.

Marketing:

Positive story can be told to differentiate you from your competitors.

SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTION

None. As awareness of organic advantage expands, increased potential for negative image.

Price:
Initial cost more expensive. Long-term advantages: priceless.

SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTION

Initially cheaper. Long-term impact on environment: devastating.

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