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More sustainable
cotton
Cotton is the fibre most used in our collections. That’s why we choose it with special care.
100% of OVS cotton is more sustainable, which means recycled, organic, or grown according to Better Cotton Standard System..
Recycled cotton

The yarn that comes from recycled fibres makes the most of existing materials. This means cutting down on the environmental impact and energy costs tied to new cotton crops.

Without compromising on the quality of the finished product.

Organic cotton
Grown using natural methods, without pesticides or chemical fertilisers that are harmful to the environment and people. The seeds are not genetically modified and water resources are managed more efficiently compared to standard cotton crops, preserving organic material in the soil.
Better Cotton

Protecting the earth begins with the soil: another form of cotton growing is possible. Better Cotton has made this its mission.

We were the first in Italy to join Better Cotton, , the world’s largest programme to promote agricultural practices that can improve the cotton industry’s impact on people and the environment.

For a fibre that is natural but also more sustainable.

The Better Cotton mission:
is to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment.



Better Cotton promotes practices for a more sustainable culture, improving the management of water resources and soil health, and notably reducing the use of pesticides and CO2 emissions. Helping communities working in the cotton industry to prosper, providing equal opportunities allowing for decent living and working conditions.
Better for the environment.
Better for people.


When does cotton
become better?



The Better Cotton has set out 7 main guiding principles, which, if followed by growers, can gain a license to produce and sell Better Cotton. A cotton that is better cotton for themselves and their communities, as well as for the environment.
Minimise the harmful impact of crop protection practices
Better Cotton supports farmers in the learning process for Integrated Pest Management, an approach that allows reduced reliance on conventional pesticides by using alternative pest management techniques.

Better Cotton helps them to eliminate the use of Highly Hazardous Pesticides, which represent serious risks for the health of the environment as well as of the workers in the field.
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Promote water stewardship
Better Cotton promotes sustainable water use at environmental level, and fair use at economic and social levels. This approach to water stewardship is able to improve crop yields, boost resilience to climate change, minimise the negative impacts on water quality, and allow fair access to water for all.
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Care for the health of soil
Good soil management can result in higher yields and better crop quality, reduce labour costs and the use of pesticides and fertilisers.

Healthy soil also has higher resistance to the problems linked to climate change and even helps to mitigate it, since it is better able to carry out its task of absorbing carbon dioxide.
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Enhance biodiversity and use land responsibly
Gli agricoltori sono supportati anche nel favorire la biodiversità nei loro terreni, adottando pratiche che minimizzano l’impatto negativo delle coltivazioni sugli habitat circostanti.
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Care for and preserve fibre quality
Better Cotton helps farmers to implement good practices during the harvest, storage and transport of their cotton.

This reduces contamination and waste from the fibres, increasing the value of the cotton and guaranteeing a better price for farmers.
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Promote decent work conditions
Work that offers fair pay and equal opportunities to learn and progress, in an environment where people feel safe, respected and free to express their needs, and to negotiate better conditions.Work that offers fair pay and equal opportunities to learn and progress, in an environment where people feel safe, respected and free to express their needs, and to negotiate better conditions.
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Operate an effective management system
A management system that incorporates the necessary procedures to meet the principles and criteria of Better Cotton ensures that farmers can continue to learn and improve farming practices
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Enhance biodiversity and use land responsibly
Gli agricoltori sono supportati anche nel favorire la biodiversità nei loro terreni, adottando pratiche che minimizzano l’impatto negativo delle coltivazioni sugli habitat circostanti.
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Care for and preserve fibre quality
Better Cotton helps farmers to implement good practices during the harvest, storage and transport of their cotton.

This reduces contamination and waste from the fibres, increasing the value of the cotton and guaranteeing a better price for farmers.
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Promote decent work conditions
Work that offers fair pay and equal opportunities to learn and progress, in an environment where people feel safe, respected and free to express their needs, and to negotiate better conditions.Work that offers fair pay and equal opportunities to learn and progress, in an environment where people feel safe, respected and free to express their needs, and to negotiate better conditions.
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Operate an effective management system
A management system that incorporates the necessary procedures to meet the principles and criteria of Better Cotton ensures that farmers can continue to learn and improve farming practices
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