The organic cotton process

From seed to fashion

The use of cotton is 7000 years old

Cotton has been used for 7000 years by humans for clothing. It takes sun, water and fertile soil to produce cotton. From the planted seed it take around 25 weeks until the cotton bud naturally splits up and can be harvested.

Organic cotton don’t use chemicals or fertilizers in the cultivation process. Less than 1% of the worlds cotton production is organic. I will try to describe the process in a very simple way. Here we go…


“I wish they’d had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days.
A whole lot of things would’ve been straightened out.”

– Jimi Hendrix


The organic farmer puts the natural cycle in the center by:



Here is an example on how an organic t-shirt look like. This t-shirt is not dyed at all. It is the natural color of cotton. Natural and organic



Willie Nelson

“I was influenced a lot by those around me – there was a lot of singing that went on in the cotton fields.”

B-LIGHT Sportswear. All organic. All yours.


Modern spinning machine


Spinning Jenny from 1764


Knitting machine

Did you know that…

The certifying company for organic cotton is called Global Organic Textile Standard or GOTS. On their web page you will find the following criteria:



In the middle of the machine you can see part of the fabric. Until the first cut it has the shape of a tube. A fantastic machine!

After the spinning process you get yarn. Yarn can be used with different methods to produce fabric. Weaving and knitting are the most common. The finishing process includes cleaning and dying and sometimes printing.

The process for dying organic is called Low Impact which means saving water and not using chemicals.

Fabric Cutting


Finishing department

How do I know that the manufacturer follow the GOTS rules?

Because of the Quality Assurance System from GOTS:
A company participating in the GOTS certification scheme must work in compliance with all criteria of the standard. GOTS relies on a dual system to check compliance with the relevant criteria consisting of on-site auditing and residue testing.

Some GOTS facts


Certified Farming

Fibre producers (farmers) must be certified according to a recognised international or national organic farming standard that is accepted in the country where the final product will be sold.


Certifiers of fibre producers must be internationally recognised through ISO 65/17065, NOP and/or IFOAM accreditation. – They also must be accredited to certify according to the applicable fibre standard

Post Harvest Handling

Operators from post-harvest handling up to garment making and traders have to undergo an onsite annual inspection cycle and must hold a valid GOTS scope certificate applicable for the production / trade of the textiles to be certified

GOTS accreditation

Certifiers of processors, manufacturers and traders must be internationally accredited according to ISO 65/17065 and must hold a ‘GOTS accreditation’ in accordance with the rules as defined in the ‘Approval Procedure and Requirements for Certification Bodies’