US-based Cone Denim is on track to produce nearly 3m pounds of certified Organic Content Standard (OCS) cotton in the production of its organic denim collection by the end of 2021.

OCS is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of certified organic input and chain of custody.

All Cone Denim mills are OCS certified to make organic yarns and denim fabrics. Cone’s certified Organic Cotton fabrics are made using organically grown cotton without pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilisers.

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that are certified to organic agricultural standards and have a low impact on the environment, thus sustaining the health of soils, ecosystems and people by using natural processes rather than artificial inputs.

“Cone Denim debuted the first Organic Cotton Capsule Collection more than ten years ago as part of our expanded Sustainblue collection of denim fabrics, and we continue to advance the use of organic and other sustainable fibres across our global platform,” says Steve Maggard, president of Cone Denim. “We are seeing tremendous interest in organic cotton as we continue to move towards building more sustainable components into Cone’s most authentic denims. Transparency and traceability are important and we are committed to giving our customers added confidence of the authenticity and integrity of Cone’s organic denim fabrics.”

Maggard adds, however, supplies of certified organic cotton are limited, given the strict standards and increased demand, noting Cone has “worked aggressively” with its suppliers to secure additional inventory. 

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“Limited supply is currently available across Cone’s global platform, with greater availability out of our China mill.”

In addition to being OCS certified, Cone participates in BCI (Better Cotton Initiative), US Cotton Trust Protocol, Cotton Leads, and claims to be is the first global denim manufacturer to offer Oritain technology to scientifically verify the origins of cotton.

It completed the first Oritain traceability audit in January.