A closer look at cotton

Yes! You just received a message that your new cotton products from DILLING are ready for pickup. Wonder if you chose them for the good quality or because you would like to avoid harmful chemicals in your daily life?
 

A closer look at cotton

 A closer look at cotton

 

At DILLING, we have manufactured cotton underwear for the vast majority of the company’s 100 years. It is not as simple as it sounds, however – we have done some finetuning as we have gained experience with it. One of the major adjustments was replacing conventional cotton with organic cotton when possible. There are several reasons for this.

First of all, this choice is based on consideration for the environment and for the people who work with it. The use of conventional cotton involves quite a few pesticides and insecticides; in fact, the cotton industry accounts for 25 percent of the total consumption of insecticides, as well as 10 percent of pesticide consumption, in spite of cotton production being only 2.5 percent of total farmland. A major problem concerning the use of these poisons is the fact that many of them are extremely harmful for both humans and the environment, especially when handled without sufficient knowledge about the consequences. In large part, cotton production takes place in third world countries, and here the pesticides are often applied with a backpack pump without safety equipment. According to WHO, at least one million individuals are hospitalized every year with acute pesticide poisoning, of which 20,000 individuals die, and notably 99% of these deaths take place in third world countries. These numbers are quite concerning, and this is not something DILLING wants to contribute to. Therefore, today the majority of our cotton products are organic.

In addition to avoiding these negative consequences and purchasing organic cotton, organic cotton has more advantages. The cotton DILLING purchases is picked manually. We only pick the tip of the cotton plant. Conventional cotton is harvested mechanically, including the stalks, and the end product is of a lower quality than organic cotton.

When the organic cotton has been through the ginning, spinning, and knitting processes, it comes to Denmark, where it is treated at our Nordic Swan labeled textile dye works, L.P. Hansen, in Bredsten near Vejle. Here, the cotton undergoes an environmentally friendly enzyme treatment known as ’Bio Polish’. This treatment helps achieve even greater softness, makes the fabric hang more nicely, and prevents the ends of the fibers shrinking up and the fabric shedding lint (also known as pilling). Therefore, our organic cotton products stay nice for a long time.