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1. 2. W hy choose C ottover ? 3. How do clothes constitute an environmental problem? It is mainly the manufacturing of clothes and other textiles that has an adverse impact on both humans and the environment. Most often, outdated and seriously harmful pesticides are used in the cotton fields, affecting both the nature in the area and the people working in or near the fields. But the most significant environmental impact comes from post-treatment processes, like spinning, knitting and, above all, dyeing – the wet preparation. Because of all the chemicals used, the wet preparation is just as harmful as cotton cultivation. Large quantities of water and energy are required for the manufacturing of clothes, and the environmental impact is further increased by the amount of discarded garments. In Sweden, we buy on average 15–20 kilos of textile per year, and we throw away 8 kilos. That is not sustainable. In what way does Cottover contribute to sustainability? Cottover was created to try to address the social and environmental challenges throughout the manufacturing chain – from raw material to end product. The cotton comes from an organic farmer that does not use chemical pesticides and who is paid fairly in accordance with the Fairtrade criteria. We have minimised the use of chemicals in the entire manufacturing chain, and in accordance with the criteria laid down by The Nordic Swan Ecolabel, only certain approved dyes and chemicals are allowed in the post-treatment processes. All our suppliers must adhere to the UN conventions on working conditions, and we have complete traceability, from cotton to garment, which is highly unusual in today’s textile industry. In addition, our clothes are tested to ensure good quality. By making good- quality products we can reduce the unnecessary waste of natural resources and the clothes that end up in the trash after a few uses. Why are eco-labelled clothes more expensive than “regular” clothes? To compare prices fairl ԁٔѼ͕ͬѡ)ѡ́ɔѡͅՅ) ͥȁѡѕɥ͕́ѡ݅ѡɵЁ)͕ݸ1Ёѡ̸͕́!܁́ѡɥ)ѼѡѽՍ%ȁɵЁ́ȁ́)ȁ͡ݥѡѠԁٔɑ䁝ЁѡЁمՔ)ȁȁ丁%ԁЁхɵЁՅ䁥Ѽ)չаԁЁ́ݕɔ́Ʌ̸)ѡ́ѕٔȁՙɥ)и%Ё́եєɅɕ丁ȁᅵɅѽ)́ѡЁѡѽɵȁ́ՅɅѕ嵕Ёѡ)ٕ́ѡ́хɽՍѥ́Ѽ)͕ȁٕѥѡչ丁Q9ɑ)M݅=QLɕЁ́)́ѡȁᅵɕɑݽɭ)ѥ̰٥ɽх䵙ɥɽ͕́ѡ)͕́́ݡ䁱Ѽȁ)ȁѡ̸Q͔́Ѽٕɕ)ѡѽȁ她ѡɽՍиͥ)ѡɵ́́ЁɕQ9ɑM݅)Ʌ=QLɔɽЁɝͅѥ̰)ѡЁ́́䁙́́Ѽ͔)ѡȁ͕٥́Ʌ̸ ͥɥ ѽٕˊé)ՅɽՍ̰ȁɥ́ɔٕ䁙ȸQ́Ѽɝ)ٽյ́ɝ͍ɽՍѥȁɽՍ́ɔ)ɝ䁵ɔͥٔѡٕѥɽՍ̸=)ɥ́ɔѡЁѥѥٔѡɭЁ)хѡ(и]䁅ɔ ѽٕȁѡ́ՙɕ ͠) ЁЁݔɥєѡɽ՝ȁѽ̸%Ё)Ёչѥѽȁ͕́хɽՍЁѡ)ȁݽɬɕ䁡́а͔ЁѡЁЁݔ)єݥѠٕѥɽՍ́Ёѡ)́ݡɽՍхѡ́ѕѥ̸Q)́ѡյ́ѕɵݡЁݥ)م%ԁ䁽ɝѡѥٕ䁍͔)ѡ́ѡЁɔՙɕݥѠͥɅѥȁѠ)յ́ѡ٥ɽаЁɕ͕́ѡ)хɽՍ́ѡɭаݡٕ́́ɔ)хѕѥ䁥ѡո)]ձeЁЁͥȁѼՅɅѕх)ɽՍѥѡѡ́ݕɔՙɕɽ)QЁͥЁх䁍́ɔ)%ɑȁѼٔ䁥ɽٕ́ݔѼх)ѡݽɱݡɔЁݥٔѡɕѕЁа)ݡɔѡ́ɔչ ́͠ѡ)ɝЁѕ́ѡ́ѕѥ́ѡݽɱQ)ɕєɔхѕѥݔٔѼ)ѡչɥ́ݡɔѡՙɥՅх) ѽٕȁɕѡ́ѡɭЁͥѥȁ)ѡЁٕٔѕ٥ɽх䵙ɥ䁵ѡ́)ѕȁݽɭѥ́ ͠Q́ͼɕѕ́)ѥٔȁѡȁ́Ѽ܁ѡȁ ͠)́չݡ́䁑Ё́ѕѥ)Q䁵́Ѐѡչé)ɹ́́ЀЁ]Ѡ)ѥսͱ䁙ٽɅٕЁѡɭа)ѡ䁍ձ䁅ѡȀԁ(啅̸%ѡ́ɽͥ́́ɕа ͠ձ)ͥ́չ䁥ăLɕ)хЁѥٔѡЁЁٕ