Cotton is a fashion staple that is loved by all and has an everyday use-case. However, not many know that commercially produced cotton does us and the environment more harm than good.
To begin with, conventionally grown Cotton is a very thirsty crop. Over 2700 liters of water is required to make one cotton T-shirt. That is enough water for a person to drink for two and a half years! Cotton production uses 16% of all the world's insecticides and 7% of pesticides. Excessively use of water leads to salinization of soil and loss of its fertility.
Organic cotton on the other hand is produced and certified to organic agricultural standards. This means that the health of the soil and people working on the farms is sustained and cared for. Organic cotton farming uses natural processes rather than artificial inputs. More importantly, it does not allow the use of toxic chemicals or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Instead, it combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote a good quality of life for all involved.
Here are eight reasons why it is the more friendly cotton for all of us:
- Organic cotton actually feels better on the skin than commercial cotton as it is free from toxic chemicals. It has a fresher and more natural fragrance.
- It is often recommended as a safer option of infants and children.
- There is no chemical retention or release from organic cotton fabric. This makes it mild and beneficial for the skin, especially for sensitive skin.
- The fabric is produced under strict manufacturing and safety standards. This means that the end product is safe to use and meets premium quality standards.
- It is better for the people involved in the production chain. People involved in the farming and manufacturing processes are not exposed to harmful toxins and escape the health hazards faced by producers of commercial cotton.
- The water and energy footprint of commercial cotton takes a huge toll on our planet’s natural resources. In comparison, organic cotton uses 71% less water and 62% less energy. It is 80% rain-fed.
- Investing in organic cotton means investing in cleaner air, water conversation and fertility of farm lands.
- The fabric is biodegradable and decomposes without any toxic remains.