No Irrigation Cultivated Ethically (NICE)

No Irrigation Cultivated Ethically (NICE) is a standard that identifies and defines guidelines for growing of agriculture without using external source of water through water conservation practices, sustainable practices, inspired, and intended for its use in the textile industry. At its core are the best sustainability practices known to the local community with supporting scientific studies to adopt locally relevant Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. In addition, the NICE addresses issues on environmental and social aspects, offering an all-around certification program through third-party verification as means to back up claims made on sustainable yet non-organic fibers

I am a farmer or group of farmers, why should I get certified?

  • Promote water stewardship with holistic water conservation practices.
  • Conservation of resources and while reducing expenses on agrochemical inputs and energy.
  • Improve crop yields and to reduce production risks and droughts.
  • Minimize water pollution caused by runoff pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals.
  • Reduced usage of dangerous and harmful inputs.
  • GMO and NON-GMO seed are accepted and clearly labelled.
  • Show commitment to sustainable production with credibility.
  • Understand your supply chain and mitigate risks through Chain of Custody certification.
  • Create a market for new sustainable goods and materials to help the green economy grow and create new green jobs.
  • NICE ensures that cotton is produced in a lower environmental impact, socially appropriate, and economically viable process.
  • Attract lenders or investors who work to environmental or ethical principles.

I am a buyer, why should I get certified?