The gin

Once the cotton has been picked, it is collected from the farms and collectives, and taken in trucks to the ‘gin’. The gin is a machine which separates the cotton seeds from the lint. When it arrives, it is first separated into ‘organic’ and ‘conventional’ bundles, to avoid cross contamination.

Tagging

The cotton is then sent by conveyer belt through the gin, where large rollers separate the cotton seeds and the cotton fiber. All of the seeds are collected and reused, either for oil or for livestock food. After it has been ginned, the cotton fiber is pressed into 160kg bales, with all organic bales tied with green straps to avoid later cross contamination.