Debco: Is All Cotton Organic?

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This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy (see John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry.

Debco is now producing color versions of the econo natural 4oz shopping tote. The colors available are black, red, green, lime green, navy, and pink.

The econo tote is very popular with Econpreneurist as the price of these units -$2.11- for the natural color tote places them in range of the popular non-woven shopping bags that are becoming ubiquitous in grocery stores.

Why the popularity? Because organic cotton – any cotton – is biodegradable while most non-woven poly bags are not.

So this post was going to be about me being so excited that Debco is now offering their econo natural 4oz shopping tote in colors, wonderful colors.

According to Debco their overseas supplier uses Azo free dyes on all their bags color bags.  This dye is supposedly eco-friendly and non-hazardous, but they have not conducted any lab tests to confirm this 100%.  However Debco has volunteered to have it done for any client that requests it.

But that is not what I am going to write about.

Apparently – and I don’t know if it is because these guys are based in Canada – Debco is making a distinction between bags made from 100% natural cotton and their organic cotton bags. A distinction I have not seen before.

Most manufactures say cotton is organic if it is grown without petrochemical pesticides and without petrochemical fertilizers.

Debco goes one further. They only call their bags organic if the cotton is grown without petrochemical pesticides and without petrochemical fertilizers AND COMES FROM AN ORGANIC COTTON SEED.

As I said, I have not seen this distinction before. Has anyone else come across this?

For more information on Debco bags please vist their website or contact us at You can see all the new pretty colors here.


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