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Step Organic
Seed Preparation
  • Uses untreated seeds
  • Never uses GMO seeds
Soil & Water
  • Builds strong soil through crop rotation
  • Retains water more efficiently because of increased organic matter in the soil
Weed Control
  • Physical removal rather than chemical destruction
  • Controls weeds through cultivation and hand hoeing
Pest Control
  • Maintains a balance between "pests" and their natural predators through healthy soil
  • Uses beneficial insects, biological and cultural practices to control pests
  • May use trap crops, planted to lure insects away from the cotton
  • Relies mostly on the seasonal freeze for defoliation
  • May stimulate defoliation through water management
Organic Cotton Certification
  • USDA approved agent issues Organic cotton certification
  • Anvil uses organic cotton which is certified through a number of different government approved agents. Among the certifiers are the TDA (Texas Department of Agriculture)
Gin, Spinning, Knitting & Weaving
  • Machinery is cleaned before use to avoid any contamination
Dyeing & Finishing
  • Only chemicals and materials that meet organic processing standards are used.
  • Anvil uses products which conform to ETAD agreement standards and are free of environmentally unfriendly products. ETAD (Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigment Manufactures)
Cutting & Sewing
  • Organic fabric is kept separate, clearly identified and tracked throughout the cutting and sewing process.
  • Anvil is committed to leadership in socially responsible manufacturing practices.
  • Our Organic Cotton sewing facility is certified by and maintains full compliance with global WRAP production principles. "WRAP" (Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production)

Why are organic products more costly?

They are more costly to manufacture because:

  • Limited availability of 100% organic cotton
  • Higher cost to grow & harvest (more labor intensive)
  • Smaller quantities being processed into yarn (ginning, spinning)
  • Increased manufacturing costs of line shut downs and cleaning, plus the costs of tracking the products throughout the manufacturing process and the documentation required for certification of the 100% organic claim


Organic Trade Association: A not-for-profit group that promotes/protects the overall organic trade, focuses on food and other organic products.

  • The OTA is one of the four members of GOTS (International working group on Global Organic Textile Standards); the other members are the Soil Association (England), International Association Natural Textile Industry (INV) (Germany), and Japan Organic Cotton Association (JOCA).
  • GOTS has approved the first international certification body for organic cotton: the Institute for Marketecology (IMO), located in Switzerland.

Organic Exchange: A not-for-profit group that promotes organic agriculture, with specific focus on fibers such as cotton

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