Features & Benefits
Why Buy Organic
Cotton is the most heavily sprayed field crop on the planet. 25% of insecticides used globally each year are applied to cotton even though it is grown on only 3% of the world’s arable land.
In California, the only state for which we have these figures, it takes 1.25 pounds of agricultural chemicals to produce the conventionally grown cotton in a single set of queen sized sheets.
How is this product made?
All products are made from 100% handpicked organic cotton, without the use of pesticides or chemicals throughout the entire production process. Grown exclusively in Egypt, the products reflect the extremely soft and durable features that Egyptian cotton is known for. Accessories such as buttons and zippers are made from organically friendly elements such as wood, shell or nickel-free metals.
All Sekem farms are "Demeter" and COAE (Center of Organic Agric. in Egypt) Certified. Demeter certification is the highest certification in the world, ensuring that the entire process, from growing the cotton, spinning, weaving, dying all the way to sewing the garment is certified.
Sekem's group of biodynamic engineers assists all its organic cotton farms with any issues that may arise. A farm that has transitioned into organic farming can be certified after three years, which means absolutely no pesticides, insecticides, defoliants, or harmful chemicals can be used on the land for three consecutive years prior to certification. During this transitional period, Sekem helps the farmers trade their cotton on the local market for a fair price. After that period, Sekem purchases the certified organic cotton at above market price.
Sekem employs 700 people in its production facility, with 2,000 farm workers, and a co-op of 50 farmers who grow organic cotton on approximately 12,000 acres.
A fair price is paid to all workers, from cotton growers to weavers. The company ensures that are employees work in a comfortable environment that includes open space, sufficient light, fresh air, along with exercise activities during the day. Two organic meals are served to all its workers on a daily basis.
Sekem Farm offers all workers (including the neighboring communities) full service health care that includes emergency service, dentistry and even surgery.
Sekem also offers a school, located at its headquarters, which goes from kindergarten to high school, and is available to all workers. children as well as children from neighboring villages. Without this school many children would never be educated. It is vital to any community to educate their children as they will be the next generation moving the community forward,. explained Janice. Sekem brings artist, musicians, and even athletes to the farm to teach the children a special skill for the semester. It is incredible to see village children playing an instrument that they never even heard of, and they do a great job! she continued. I have been to many concerts given by the children, and to see their faces shine when they are playing an instrument or dancing to music is very touching.