The UK market for Soil Association certified textiles is worth GBP 41.3 million. Spending on ethical clothing increased by 19.9% and Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) certified facilities and retailers grew by 10% in 2018.
The Textile Exchange research found that, in comparison to the production of conventional cotton, organic cotton reduces the: amount of bluewater (water taken from groundwater or surface water bodies via irrigation) involved in production by 91%; potential for global warming by 46%; and demand for primary energy by 62%. Social benefits of organic cotton farming include: increased income from organic premiums; food security through crop rotation; increased independence from seed companies; improved health thanks to the elimination of toxic agrochemicals; and better local infrastructure.
Soil Association Organic Market 2019