As part of this initiative, Ventile and EBDA have identified two farms, Salsol Farm and Ramadan Kamel Farm, for support and transition from conventional cotton farming to biodynamic agriculture.

The primary focus is to encourage the production of high-quality, ethically grown organic cotton, whilst sticking to regenerative farming principles.

The cooperative effort involves comprehensive training, regulatory guidance, and the provision of necessary farming materials to assist these farms in their shift towards biodynamic farming methods.

These methods are designed to ensure sustainable, ethical, and regenerative agricultural practices, aligning with Ventile’s commitment to environmentally friendly sourcing.

The initial phase of this partnership has seen EBDA agricultural engineers conduct training workshops on biodynamic agricultural techniques, biodynamic fertilisation, and pest control for the selected farmers to equip the farmers with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement biodynamic farming effectively.

“Sometimes it’s easy to forget that only 0.04% of the overall cotton produced worldwide is classified as extra-long-staple organic,” said Ventile brand director, Daniel Odermatt.

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“If we want to keep building towards a more sustainable industry, we must invest in environmentally friendly sources – from the farmers’ wellbeing to maintaining the long-term fertility of soil and minimising the pollution impact.”

The EBDA’s co-executive director, Justus Harm, explained the importance of Ventile’s ongoing support in promoting regenerative agriculture and how it facilitates the conversion of farmlands into self-sustaining operations based on biodynamic principles, thereby enhancing farming diversity and sustainability.

In addition to cultivating organic cotton, Salsol Farm and Ramadan Kamel Farm have embraced a diverse range of crops, including rice, beetroot, maize, wheat, artichokes, and sunflowers.

The farms have collectively generated 380.83 carbon credits, produced 390 tonnes of verified compost, and planted 57 trees during the initial inspection, validation, and verification processes conducted by EBDA back in August and December 2021. The numbers are anticipated to rise further with the continued support and involvement of Ventile.

Ventile and textile livery company the Worshipful Company of Weavers launched a joint forum in September to review recent textile industry developments and promote sustainable production methods.