The newest trend on the block is “Going Organic” due to the related benefits. People are becoming more health-conscious which is elevating the growth of organic markets.

The awareness regarding edible fruits, vegetables, and foods is relatively high as compared to organic fabrics.

The adoption rate of organic textiles in foreign markets is high due to the affordability factor.

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. Third­-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. About 90% of all the cotton worldwide is of the G. hirsutum species.

World Scenario

In total, there were 220,478 farmers producing organic cotton in 2016-17, spread across 18 countries. Together, they produced 117,525 MT organic cotton fibre on a total certified land area of 472,999 ha.

Indian Scenario

Organic farming in India is certified under the National Program for Organic Production (NPOP). In 2016-17, there were 1 million organic farmers growing food and fibre certified to NPOP by 28 accredited certification bodies. The total land area certified as 1.44 million ha, with the major crops is grown being sugarcane, oilseeds, cereals, millet, cotton, pulses, medicinal plants, tea, fruits, vegetables, spices, and coffee. The total production in 2016-17
was 59,470 MT. 

Madhya Pradesh continued its significant leadership in terms of the amount of organic cotton fibre produced, accounting for 47 percent of India’s total production, followed by Odisha (26 percent), Gujarat (14 percent), and Maharashtra (11 percent).

India is the second-largest global textile manufacturer and the second-largest producer of natural textile fibres in the world and the major fibre produced is cotton. Other fibres produced in India include silk, jute, wool, and man-made fibres. 60% of the Indian textile industry is cotton-based. The majority of organic cotton produced in India is processed in the country and exported only as textile.

Contribution of major states in the production of organic cotton

Why organic textile trend is on uprise?

  • The demand for organic clothing is on the rise, as more and more consumers are concerned about the environment.
  • Demand in the United Kingdom is believed to be catching up with, or even exceeding, that in Germany, and three out of every four British High Street retailers are now believed to be offering organic cotton products.
  •  France is believed to be another booming market for organic cotton products. Several companies in these countries are promoting organic fibre to meet the rising demand for organic clothing.
  •  Other important markets are Sweden, Italy, the United States of America and the Netherlands.
  • Organic cotton fibre is used in everything from personal care items (sanitary products, make-up removal pads, cotton puffs and ear swabs), to home furnishings (towels, bathrobes, sheets, blankets, bedding), children’s products (toys, diapers), clothes of all kinds and styles (whether for lounging, sports or the workplace), and even stationery and note cards.
  •  Manufacturers and retailers are also increasing the proportion of organic fibre used in their garments, as well as expanding their offer of 100 percent organic items.
  • There are many people who are allergic to chemicals and for them, organic clothing is a better and healthier option. Even the farmers who use fertilizers are exposed to several health problems since they have to increase the quantity of the chemicals, as the insects and pests get immune to certain chemicals with time.

As the market trends are suggesting, the organic clothing will gain more popularity in future. People like to feel good about what they buy and use. The surge in the use of organic products in the textile industry is an indicator that the market out there for organic and eco-friendly fabrics is positive. There are so many organic fibres to pick from and this surely is enough to tempt customers to buy some products that have been made with organic fibres. This will be great for the environment, nature and health of people in general.seconf

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