Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. The organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.
Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. The cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming.
All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown.