The Benefits of Organic Cotton
Cotton is the most commonly used fibre in production when it comes to fashion and textiles. Wherever you look in your wardrobe, drawers or shops around the globe, cotton is everywhere and has worked its way into most people’s day to day lives. While the production of cotton provides income for millions of people around the world, the danger to the environment of the manufacturing processes involved has been an increasing concern for the fashion industry and its greater audiences.
Top 5 Reasons to Make the Switch to Organic Cotton
If you’ve been considering switching your buying habits over to organic cotton in an effort to build a more sustainable wardrobe, these top five reasons might just encourage you to take the final plunge:
Say Goodbye to Harmful Pesticides and Fertilisers
One of the harmful factors regarding regular cotton production is the use of environmentally harmful pesticides and fertilisers. These chemicals harm the quality of the soil, affect the growth of other crops, as well as the eco-system for other animals, and insects and pollute water waste. It has also been said to be harmful to the cotton farmers and workers themselves, leaving many questioning its ethical standpoint.
Organic cotton does not use any harmful pesticides or chemicals and drastically reduces the use of non-harmful chemicals as well.
Here's a short video exposing the huge environmental impact of cotton cultivation in Asia.
Help the Fight Against Microfibre Pollution
Non-organic cotton is often combined with synthetic fibres, such as polyester to create the texture, hand feel and price that manufacturers and fashion brands are looking for. Because of this, when cotton blends go into the washing machine on laundry day, microplastics are becoming free from the fabric and filtering out with the water waste, polluting it irreversibly. This is only adding to the microfibre pollution in our oceans. Stick to organic cotton and you won’t be adding to this huge problem.
Help Reduce Your Footprint
Cotton uses 1800 gallons of water to produce just one pair of jeans. This fact has contributed to the huge environmental issues the world is seeing when it comes to completely drained bodies of water. Organic cotton has a much smaller footprint, using up to 70% less water during production as well as less energy.
Create A Better Working Environment for Farmers
Linking to our earlier point regarding pesticides, buying organic cotton also helps with the battle to create a better working environment for cotton farmers and workers. Not only do organic cotton manufacturers limit farmers exposure to harmful chemicals, but it also promotes a fairer, safer and more ethical working environment.
Work Against Climate Change
As well as the use of pesticides and poor working practices, regular cotton is incredibly damaging to the environment when it comes to the emission of greenhouse gases. Organic cotton can produce up to 90% fewer greenhouses gases during production.
Cotton has been labelled a dirty crop and with the stats that we now have on its damage to the planet, it’s a good job that organic cotton has been created to eventually take its place entirely. With half your wardrobe, including your go-to jeans and denim jackets, crafted from cotton, it’s worth thinking about next time you make a cotton-based purchase.