Lil 'Papoe strives to bridge the gap between sustainability and respect for the environment, without compromising aesthetics. Our cotton is 100% certified organic triple-gauze. This luxuriously supersoft triple-layer gauze is woven in Portugal by a textile company paying a fair wage, providing safe working conditions and treating our environment with care, according to strict European regulations. We work directly with mills to weave to our specifications, which produce richly colored fabrics that wear and wash up well over time.
On this page you can read why we do what we do.
REDUCES ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT
No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton. It doesn't damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 88% less water and 62% less energy. Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world's insecticides and 7% of pesticides.
IMPACTS OUR FOOD SYSTEM
Organic cotton is grown from organic cotton seeds. Cotton seed oil is used in a variety of food products such as cookies, chips and vegetable oil, and is also fed to livestock. So while cotton fiber is not something we put in our body, the by-product can make its way into our diets.
FAIR PRICE FOR SUSTAINABILITY
When you buy organic cotton you are investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil and farmer livelihoods. The price for organic cotton is therefore sometimes, but not always, higher. However, with demand on the rise, more choices will become available.
PROMOTES SAFE WORK & BETTER LIVELIHOODS
Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safe. They are not exposed to toxic chemicals in the field or through their food and water supply. It also means farmers grow more than one crop which supplements their food and income.
A major contribution to our carbon footprint is the transport of our goods. Our fabrics are made in Portugal, so we don't need heavily polluted airplanes or ships. We minimize climate impact by choosing road transport.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Caring for the world and the people we share it with is a life choice. Choosing organic cotton is part of this choice. In 2020, 26 million metric tonnes of cotton was produced globally, much of it for the apparel industry. Organic cotton makes up less than 2% of this. By choosing organic over conventional cotton you have the purchasing power to influence brands, manufacturers and even farmers. So let's change this number.