Chieftain Fabrics and Sustainability
At Chieftain Fabrics, we are aware of how important it is to look after our planet. We insist on only the best REACH compliant ingredients going into our vinyl fabric and we want to make as little impact on the environment as possible. For this reason, we use 100% organic cotton for the backing cloth on our faux leather Lionella range.
What is “organic cotton?”
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. 11% of all pesticides used in the world are used on just one crop: cotton.
Also, in order to gain organic status all organic cotton is grown from non-genetically modified seeds. Organic farmers use crop rotation, compost, cover crops and weed by hand or machine. They rely on the seasons for defoliation rather than on toxic chemicals.
As a result of increased organic matter in the soil, water is retained more efficiently. Also, as there are no pesticides or fertilizers used in its production, organic cotton farming does not lead to groundwater contamination.
Organic cotton produces far fewer CO2 emissions to the air than the production of conventional cotton with only 3.75 kg of CO2 being emitted per ton of spun fibre. Conventional cotton production produces 5.89 kg of CO2 on average.
Why choose organic cotton?
Supporting organic agriculture is essential to creating improved working conditions for farm workers. By choosing organically grown cotton, we reap all the benefits of cotton, its strength and beauty while minimizing harm to both humans and our planet.