Why bother choosing organic cotton?
We all know choosing 'organic' is the better choice to make - but why?
When it comes to cotton clothing, how the cotton is grown can have a huge impact on the planet and the people who make your clothes.
Below are our top reasons for why choosing certified organic cotton clothing can give you that warm feeling of 'doing your bit' for people and planet.
1. Organic Cotton fights climate change!
Did you know that growing organic cotton creates up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions than growing normal cotton?!
Organic farming creates super healthy soil, turning it into a massive carbon sink and sucking out CO2 from the atmosphere.
Less fossil fuel powered machinery is needed to grow organic cotton crops too, so farmers uses 62% less energy than if they were to grow normal cotton.
2. Organic Cotton protects against pesticide pollution
Normal cotton uses 25% of the insecticides and 10% of the pesticides used around the world, even though cotton crops only accounts for 3% of the total cultivated land on out planet.
Organic cotton instead limits the use of insecticides or pesticides to almost zero!
If bugs do come chomping, organic cotton farmers use garlic, neem oil, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar.These non-toxic alternatives protect soil and water sources from becoming polluted with harsh chemicals. Protecting biodiversity whilst maintaining healthy crops.
3. Organic Cotton keeps farmers healthy
Pesticide use in normal cotton farming is hugely damaging to the farmers working on the crops.
According to the World Health Organisation, up to 20,000 deaths each year are because of pesticide poisoning in developing countries! Even the US doesn't escape with 10,000 farmers being killed by cancers that are related to pesticide chemicals.
By choosing Organic Cotton you are making sure that the farmers who grew your cotton are not exposed to these fatally damaging chemicals. Alongside ensuring the families, communities and eco-systems close by to these farms are protected from these chemicals too.
4. Organic Cotton creates healthy soil
The earth beneath our feet is much like our own bodies. It's a delicate system that needs to be full of good nutrients and lots of water.
Normal cotton production produces soil with a hangover. Full of chemicals from the night before and severely lacking in water! By concentrating on soil health, organic farming methods like composting, mulching and crop rotation build up "living soil".
Eliminating toxic and harmful chemicals in the soil beneath organic crops has also been proven to mean the soil holds precious water more efficiently, helping to reduce the demand for water irrigation.
This organic method of farming takes a few more years to reach its optimum productivity, but once it's up and running the amount of organic cotton grown is just as much as soil polluted by fertilisers!