Why Organic Cotton Matters

Why Organic Cotton Matters

Why Organic Cotton Matters

Cotton is one of the most popular and demanding clothing fabrics to date. However, keeping up with this demand is harsh on our environment and our way of life. 

Cotton growing farmers have resorted to artificial means and using excessive pesticides just to keep with the high demands of cotton.  Some of those pesticides even make it home with you. 

Organic vs Traditional Cotton Comparison                                                                                                           

Organic

Cotton

Traditional

Cotton

Natural seeds used

GMO or genetically modified seeds used

No pesticides or harmful chemicals used

Pesticides and harmful chemicals

Does not take away from soil quality

Degrades soil quality

Weeding process does not include chemicals like pesticides

Weeding process includes chemicals like pesticides

Processing organic cotton uses natural and water-based dyes and peroxide for whitening

Processing traditional cotton uses large amounts of chemical dyes and whiteners

Saves large amounts of water

Waste large amounts of water

 

The Environmental Justice Foundation and the Pesticide Action Network have reported that traditional cotton uses more pesticides than any other single crop.

What does this mean for our environment?  It means unlimited damage causing soil loss and leaving the soil unsuitable for other crops to be grown.  This also means exposing our own skins to harmful chemicals. 

Overall, when it comes to organic cotton it is softer, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly and more sustainable.  Organic cotton growing helps protect our ecosystem by reduction of wastage of water and keeps harmful chemicals out of your clothes. 

"Sustainable development is the masterful balance of meeting our needs without jeopardizing future generations' ability to do the same."