WHY ORGANIC COTTON
WHAT IS ORGANIC COTTON
Organic Cotton is cotton that is grown using non-GMO seeds and without the use of toxic and persistent synthetic chemicals like pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers or defoliants in farming.
Organic Cotton is cultivated using methods and materials that have low impact on the environment. Working with rather than against nature is the guiding principle behind organic farming. Organic agriculture relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions rather than the use of artificial elements that cause adverse effects.The whole farming system is carefully planned in a way that it replenishes and maintains soil fertility, thereby reducing of the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. This in turn releases the farmers from the cycle of debt they enter to buy expensive agricultural chemicals.
Over the years, organic cotton has emerged as a more sustainable alternative to reduce the negative environmental and social impact of non-organic/conventional cotton.
THE DEAL WITH CONVENTIONAL COTTON
When you think purity and comfort, cotton is the first fabric that comes to mind. Well think again. Are you aware of the nasty chemicals, many even carcinogenic lurking in your cotton clothing? Yes, you heard it right- conventionally grown cotton is laced with synthetic chemicals in form of agricultural pesticides, fertilizers, growth regulators, chemical defoliants to name a few. Why? Well, for starters cotton is the most widely grown fiber in the world and a highly traded commodity with an extremely high demand. To keep up with this demand, cotton farmers resort to artificial means and excessive use of harmful pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers to increase their yield. Some studies suggest growing conventional cotton utilizes upto 25% of all agricultural insecticides & 11% of all pesticides. Farmers enter a spiral of debts when purchasing these agricultural chemicals and eventually these debts lead to farmer suicides .
There have been reported cases of mishandled chemicals and fertilizers which leads to injuries, permanent bodily damage, and even fatalities among farmers and workers. Upto 77 million cotton workers suffer poisoning from pesticides each year. According to the WHO, 20,000 individuals die of cancer and miscarriages each year in developing countries as a result of the chemicals sprayed on conventional cotton.
Pesticide and fertilizer use on cotton has been linked to ground and surface water contamination, and even the pollution of drinking water. And at high enough levels in drinking water, nitrates from nitrogen fertilizer are known to cause "blue baby syndrome" in infants.
For wildlife, the effects of pesticide use on cotton can be devastating. At least 13 pesticides documented as causing die offs in migratory birds are currently registered for use on cotton. More insidious is the effect of some pesticides on the reproductive capacity of fish and wildlife - harm may not occur right away, but species disappear as they cannot reproduce successfully.
Non- cotton products can also cause skin irritations and rashes on the wearer due to residues of pesticides and other chemical agents like dyes. Conventional Cotton is far from being the sustainable and healthy choice it is considered to be. So the next time you are buying cotton, be sure to look for the organic kind.
HOW IS ORGANIC COTTON BETTER FOR YOU?
Apart from the environmental & social benefits, Organic Cotton has great benefits for your health. There are no harmful chemical retentions in organic cotton clothing- No pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers & no harmful dyes . This ensures that people with allergies or with specific chemical sensitivity will greatly benefit from wearing organic cotton and hopefully eliminate any allergic reaction from wearing synthetic textiles. Organic cotton often feels softer than non-organic cotton and is much more absorbent. Most organic cotton products last many years, compared to non organic cotton products which are heavily treated with chemicals, which causes a huge integrity loss in the fibers. In this sense, organic cotton is a far better choice as it will last longer, so you are getting a better quality product for a similar cost.
Our clothes are more than just something we put on our bodies. They not only represent our sense of aesthetics but our ethics too- how we value and treat bodies, our communities and our ecosystems. When you choose organic cotton you choose better health for yourself, for the farmers who grow it and for the environment. Could there be better reason for making the switch?