We all know 'organic' tends to be a good thing.
But why is organic cotton any better than normal cotton? Well the good news is that it really is and we're here to tell you why...
1. Organic Cotton Protects Against Chemical Use
Normal cotton uses 25% of the insecticides and 10% of the pesticides used around the world! Even though the crop only accounts for 3% of the total cultivated land on out planet.
Organic cotton limits the use of insecticides or pesticides to almost zero. When the bugs do come chomping, organic cotton farmers use garlic, neem oil, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar.
This primarily protects from soil and water sources, such as irrigation ditches and rivers, becoming polluted with chemicals. Which can ultimately damage all living things they come into contact with.
2. 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. Also ensuring that the families, communities and eco-systems that are close to these farms are protected.
3. Organic Cotton Maintains Genetic Diversity
Organic cotton maintains genetic diversity in crops.
Normal cotton uses Genetically Modified seeds, which is a cross between Frankenstein and I, Robot. It means that the world uses basically one type of exactly the same seed that has been tweaked to be all singing all dancing.
This isn't how nature intended and has some big long term consequences. It means that if one day a pest comes along that can still munch on the plants that seed grows, then the whole of normal cotton production will need to use a powerful insecticide.
Happily organic cotton and organic farming protects against this by using mother nature to allow for random genetic variations that will naturally protect against bugs and viruses.
4. Organic Cotton Combats Climate Change!
Organic Cotton produces up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions than normal cotton!
The healthy soil from organic farming turns it into a massice carbon sink, removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
On top of all this the production of Organic Cotton by farmers uses 62% less energy than normal cotton.
So yeh, Organic Cotton is the one.
5. Organic Cotton Makes 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 organic 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 "living soil". Eliminating toxic and harmful chemicals and proven to hold water more efficiently than soil with less organic matter.
This method of farming takes a few more years to reach its optimum productivity, but once it's tended to the yields are just as good as soil exposed to fertilizers!