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Organic cotton is very popular for hammocks as it has all the benefits of regular cotton while protecting the people cultivating it and the environment as well. As organic cotton is cultivated without using chemical substances, it is not only very soft to the skin but also perfect for products intended for children and babies.
Organic cotton is produced according to ecological principles, thus making it an alternative going easy on the environment and resources.
Regions of cultivation
Organic cotton can be cultivated everywhere where conventional cotton can be grown. Before a formerly conventionally treated field can be used for growing organic products, though, the farmland needs to be farmed according to ecological principles for a period of three years and must be free of chemical substances. Only after this period of decontamination the cropped cotton will be allowed to be called organic cotton.
Seeds & crop rotation
There are clear directions for the choice of seeds, for example the use of genetically engineered seeds for the cultivation of organic cotton is strictly prohibited. Due to the crop rotation, monocultures are prevented, thus maintaining the ecological balance of the soil in a natural way.
Fertilicers & Pesticides
The most important difference between conventionally produced cotton and organic cotton is that organic products are exclusively fertilised by organic means. No chemical fertilisers, herbicides and insecticides can be used. That way, not only the farmland but the whole ecosystem (ground water, animals, human beings) is protected.
Depending on the region of cultivation, conventionally farmed cotton needs as long as organic cotton to mature, namely five to nine months. While conventional cotton is harvested by machines, though, organic cotton is picked by hand.
The certification of our organic hammocks guarantees that the cotton used for their production was not grown from genetically engineered seeds and that no chemicals were used during its cultivation. All steps and processes in the production of organic cotton (ginnery, spinning mill, weaving mill, dye factory, etc.) are certified. Especially for those companies also processing conventional cotton this means a great deal of additional costs: separated storage, special cleaning of machines as well as a separate bookkeeping entry.
LA SIESTA and the OE 100 standard
The organic hammocks offered by LA SIESTA meet all the preconditions described and are certified by Control Union, an internationally acclaimed certification company, according to the OE 100 standard.