Ever wondered what makes organic cotton so special? Here we look at all the ethical and practical reasons why organic cotton is the ultimate choice for your wardrobe.
The world of fashion has become characterised by two words. Fast and cheap. Unfortunately, in its zeal to bring an abundance of affordable clothing to the market, the fashion industry has flooded the market with clothes that are bad for the environment, bad for the people who manufacture them, and ultimately bad for the wearer.
In an age where synthetic fabrics and genetically modified cotton have made fashion so affordable, we understand that going organic may be seen as cost prohibitive. However, organic cotton is the ultimate choice for your wardrobe. Every piece made from organic cotton that you buy is a vote for more sustainable and ethically aware fashion. It even feels nicer, too.
Let’s take a closer look…
Organic means a better deal for farmers (and their land)
We’re all-too aware of the effects of fast fashion on the communities in countries such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh where they are manufactured. Poor pay and hazardous working conditions for legions of workers are an unfortunate consequence of our addiction to fast fashion. However, fewer of us are aware of the plight of those who farm the cotton.
Conventional cotton farming uses GM seeds which are designed to repel pests and keep weeds away. However, as the bugs and pests inevitably get stronger, harsh chemical pesticides are required to keep them at bay. These are highly carcinogenic and can result in poisoning for the farmers that eventually becomes fatal.
Not only does organic cotton provide farmers with better pay, it also ensures better and safer conditions as well as reasonable working hours. Pests are kept away by natural means, using insects which prey upon pests, while weeds are picked by hand.
Organic cotton farming is more sustainable and better for the environment
We should all be thinking harder about the impact of agriculture on the planet. Regular cotton farming is done on the same soil over and over again, robbing the land of its nutrients and requiring far more water to grow healthy crops.
Organic cotton farming, however, is regularly rotated so that it doesn’t damage the soil in the same way. Nor does it release harmful chemicals into the air. Furthermore, it uses 62% less energy and 88% less water, making it infinitely more sustainable.
It’s safer and more comfortable for your skin
Even if we set aside the enormous ethical and ecological advantages of organic cotton over its GM counterpart of synthetic materials, it’s simply a better quality product.
The feel and quality of organic cotton is far superior to synthetic or GMO equivalents. Because it is hand-picked, organic cotton doesn’t become weak or damaged in the harvesting process, and longer cotton fibres make for a finished product that is both softer and stronger.
Organic cotton is hypoallergenic and because it has not been exposed to harsh chemicals is kind to even the most sensitive skin.
So when it comes to choosing new additions for your wardrobe, choose organic cotton and vote with your wallet for fairer, more sustainable and better quality fashion!