Who We Are

American Organic Cotton Growers

Photo credit: Rita Luppino

Who we are first and foremost is a partnership that began with a brother and sister who started Native Trading Corporation in 1998 in California to produce high-quality textiles and finished textile products from USDA certified organic cotton under its Native Organic™ brand.

From the outset the partnership has been committed to fair trade practices and to protecting the environment, both in the cotton field and in the production plant. The company maintains the smallest carbon footprint in the industry by foregoing petrochemicals in its production processes and by minimizing shipping tonnage and distance. This partnership extends to include the North American organic cotton growers who further the cause of Earth-friendly and regenerative agriculture, the harvesters, the shippers and the factory technicians and craft people who spin, weave and finish the goods.

The Native Organic management team consists of our president and founder, our designer and COO, along with a finance officer, vendor manager and business development manager. Together we have an extended partnership with our customers to build market demand for cotton products we can be proud of.

 

Why Buy Organic?

U.S. Grown Organic Cotton

Photo credit: USDA

Despite cotton’s image as being a natural and pure fiber, conventional cotton farming takes an enormous toll on the air, water, soil and people who live in cotton growing areas.

It’s important to realize that millions of tons of cotton are produced each year and account for half of the world’s fiber needs. Cottonseed is also widely used as livestock feed and in our own food products such as cookies, potato chips, salad dressings, baked goods, and many other processed foods.

Only 2.4% of the world’s arable land is planted with cotton but it accounts for 24% of the world’s insecticide use and 11% of pesticide use, which makes it the most pesticide-intensive crop grown on the planet.

In the United States, a third of a pound of agricultural chemicals are typically used in the production of a single cotton T-shirt. Milk and beef cattle eat 6 to 8 pounds of cottonseed per day and the pesticide residue concentrates in their fatty tissue and therefore ends up in our meat and dairy products.

The World Health Organization estimates that several million people are poisoned by pesticides each year and in the United States more than a million people will learn they have some form of cancer related to pesticides each year.

Organic farmers use biologically-based rather than chemically dependent growing systems to raise crops.

By focusing on managing rather than completely eliminating troublesome weeds and insects, organic farmers are able to maintain an ecological balance and protect the environment.

We believe it’s important for all of us to work together to raise awareness of the harms of conventional cotton production by buying organic products and asking our friends, our family and our customers to do the same.

For further in-depth information about organic and conventional cotton please see the following links:

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