EVER.GREEN.ZERO. is our own brand of organic products that are targeted at those wanting to reduce or eliminate plastic from their business.
We produce a wide selection of GOTS certified organic products and our number one seller are our produce bags. These are available in canvas ideal for dry goods, and mesh which are ideal for fruit and veg, both help businesses offer their customers a reusable alternative to single-use packaging.
Why will we only ever produce products using the GOTS certified symbol?
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the
environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.
Because modern farming practices have meant that most cotton produced use GM seeds, unnatural pesticides, fertilizers and insecticides and overall work against nature, instead of working with her. Fast fashion, among other industries, have driven the demand for cotton to over 300% in the last 80 years, yet the actual land mass for producing cotton hasn’t increased, meaning this demand has only been met by implementing highly intensive farming, the impact of which is detrimental for the farmers, the land, the local eco-systems and uses a lot more water than organic farms.
Here is a break down of key differences between organic and conventional farming practices:
Organic Cotton Farming
Conventional Cotton Farming
- Untreated Seeds are used.
- Genetically Modified Organism seeds are never used.
Use Genetically Modified Organism seeds.
- Builds Strong Soil through Crop Rotation
- Retains water more efficiently, because of increased Organic matters in the soil
Loss of soil due to predominantly Mono-Crop culture.
Requires Intensive Irrigation.
- Physical Removal rather than Chemical Destruction
- Controls weeds through Cultivation and Hand Hoeing
Repeatedly uses Herbicides to kill weeds that do grow
- Maintains a balance between pests and their natural predators through healthy soil
- Use Beneficial Insects, biological and cultural practices to control pests.
- May use trap Crops, planted to lure insects away from the cotton.
Uses Pesticides (the nine most common highly toxic chemicals).
Frequently uses Aerial Spraying, with potential drift onto neighboring Communities.
- Relies mostly on the seasonal Freeze for defoliation
- May stimulate defoliation through
According to the Soil Association, GOTS is the leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. When we certify to the GOTS standard, we check every step of the supply chain, from harvesting through production, processing, manufacturing and labelling. We also consider the environmental management and social responsibility of producers.
GOTS is a voluntary standard
- GOTS approved products must contain at least 70% organic fibre content
- GOTS approved products never contain potentially harmful chemicals which can be found in conventional textile production
- GOTS approved companies are better for the environment (by managing their environmental impact, have high social standards, reduce energy and review water usage)
- GOTS means safe working conditions, no discrimination and no child labour
- GOTS approved products have the entire supply chain verified, even the farms must have certification to a legally recognised standard.
- The details matter! Buttons, threads, zips have to also meet strict residue criteria of GOTS
- GOTS Certification is carried out by independent companies and facilities are physically inspected to verify standards are met.