Why Organic Cotton is Best
Buying organic cotton products may seem like an unnecessary expense but the environmental and social impacts are great. Below are five reasons why you should make the switch today.
- Environmentally Friendly- Non-organic cotton is one of the most chemically treated crops in the world. These chemicals are harsh on our environment but also the workers that are exposed to these chemicals every day. Long term chronic illness is common among those that work on these farms and those in the neighboring environment.
- Higher Quality Product- Non-organic cotton is machine picked which results in damage to the fibers, making them weaker, not as durable nor as soft compared to organic cotton which is handpicked. Handpicking cotton may take longer but it does result in a higher quality, softer product that will last longer.
- Saves Water- Farming organic cotton reduces water pollution by up to 98%. The chemicals used in the production of non-organic cotton end up in the waterways making the drinking water undrinkable (and toxic) to locals. Less water is also required to grow organic cotton as there are no pesticides or fertilizers used which require a lot of water.
- Hypoallergenic- Non-organic cotton is exposed to harsh chemicals from the growing to manufacturing stages. Pesticides to stop bugs, insecticides to stops weeds and then heavy metals, chlorine and chemicals dyes can be used during manufacturing. These chemicals are found to still be in the product even after you have brought it home and washed it several times. Organic cotton uses none of these chemicals during the whole process. If you have eczema, sensitive skin or a low immune system Organic is the way to go!
- Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions- Organic cotton is estimated to process up to 50% less than non-organic as a result of not using fertilizers and pesticides. Buy organic and the planet will thank you.