What does ‘in conversion‘ mean on an organic cotton label? Well, the Global Organic Textile Standard also enables the labelling of cotton fibre from the organic conversion period, for example ‘100% organic cotton – in conversion‘.
Cotton in conversion is grown on land which has only recently been converted to organic methods (typically less than 2 or 3 years). Therefore, although no chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are being used, residues may still be found in the soil. This conversion period is very difficult for farmers, who usually experience an initial drop in yield, while not being able to obtain premium organic price for their crops.
Therefore, purchasing ‘organic cotton – in conversion‘ is a great way to support farmers making the difficult transition to organic.