Why organic cotton?

VIYKA feels passionately about sustainability and helping our planet. That is why we have made a commitment to using only organic fabrics for our products.

Conventional cotton growing is not sustainable, relying on toxic chemicals and creating a heavy environmental footprint. It is harmful to our soil and water, contributing to water pollution which costs the lives of fish, marine and wildlife.

Traditional cotton growing is also harmful to humans. It is estimated that up to 20,000 deaths each year are caused by pesticide poisoning in developing countries. Studies reveal much higher incidents of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, and asthma in farming communities where there is exposure to pesticides.

Cotton is grown on 2.5% of cultivated land but uses around 7% of the world’s pesticides and 16% of the insecticides. This is more than any other single major crop on earth.

Organic cotton is non-GMO and is pesticide/insecticide free. Organic farming relies on healthy soil and natural ingredients such as vinegar, neem oil, and garlic to regulate production.

Organic practices use less “blue water” in their farming, utilizing more water recycling and grey water. Organic cotton production uses 88% less water and 62% less energy than traditional farming.

Organic farming practices also promote genetic diversity. Seeds maintain their slight differences in each region, and the soil the seeds grow in are also able to preserve their individual ecosystems.

At VIYKA we are proud to be putting our planet first while creating beautiful textiles that fit your life.