In-Conversion Organic Fabrics
IC2 or TOC fabrics make interesting options for sustainable options. Learn more about them to make informed purchasing decisions.
“In conversion” organic fabrics are textiles made from cotton that is transitioning from conventional to organic farming practices. During the process of converting to organic farming, it can take several years to meet the standards required for organic certification, during which the cotton is being grown using organic methods but is not yet certified as organic.
“In conversion” organic fabrics are produced using cotton that is grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, which can be harmful to the environment and to the health of farmers and textile workers. In addition to the absence of harmful chemicals, organic farming practices typically involve more sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices, such as crop rotation, composting, and natural pest management.
Fabrics made from “in conversion” organic cotton can be a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly option compared to conventional cotton fabrics. However, it is important to note that the production process of organic fabrics can still have environmental impacts and may not be entirely free from environmental concerns.
Benefits of Using "In-Conversion" Organic Fabrics Over Conventional Fabrics
Reduced environmental impact
Organic farming practices avoid the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, which can be harmful to the environment and contribute to soil degradation, water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Using “in conversion” organic fabrics can reduce the environmental impact associated with conventional cotton production.
Healthier for farmers and workers
Organic farming practices also reduce the exposure of farmers and workers to harmful chemicals, which can have negative health impacts. By using “in conversion” organic fabrics, apparel brands can support more sustainable and ethical farming practices.
Organic cotton is often of higher quality than conventionally grown cotton, with a softer hand and improved durability. Using “in conversion” organic fabrics can result in higher quality garments that are more comfortable and long-lasting.
Improved social responsibility
By supporting “in conversion” organic fabrics, apparel brands can demonstrate their commitment to social responsibility and environmental sustainability, which can help to build brand trust and loyalty among customers.
Potential for organic certification
Over time, “in conversion” cotton can achieve organic certification, which provides assurance that the cotton is grown using sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices. Using “in conversion” organic fabrics can position apparel brands as leaders in sustainability and eco-friendliness.
It is important to note that while “in conversion” organic fabrics offer many benefits, they are not a perfect solution and may still have environmental impacts. Additionally, the quality and availability of “in conversion” fabrics may vary depending on the specific fabric supplier and farming practices.
Benefits of Using "In-Conversion" Organic Fabrics Over Organic Fabrics
"In conversion" organic cotton is more widely available and may be easier to source than certified organic cotton, which can be limited in availability.
"In conversion" organic fabrics may be less expensive than certified organic fabrics, as they have not yet achieved full organic certification.
More flexible supply chain
"In conversion" organic fabrics may be sourced from smaller, local farmers who are in the process of transitioning to organic farming practices, which can provide a more flexible and adaptable supply chain for apparel brands.
Supporting the transition to organic farming
By choosing "in conversion" organic fabrics, apparel brands can support farmers who are transitioning to organic farming practices, which can help to expand the availability of organic cotton and support more sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming practices.
While "in conversion" organic fabrics are not fully certified as organic, they are still produced using more sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming practices than conventional cotton. Choosing "in conversion" organic fabrics can still offer some environmental benefits over conventional cotton.