5 Reasons to Buy Organic Cotton

Organic has become a major trend for health-conscious consumers. Clothing made from natural fibres is generally better for the environment and more sustainable than synthetic fabrics, such as polyester and nylon, which feature oil-based products. They also have other benefits, such as being more breathable and comfortable. However, like other crops, many of these fibres, and particularly cotton, grow with the help of chemical pesticides, which wreaks havoc at every level. Organic cotton offers numerous benefits over traditionally grown cotton and other materials. Consider the five reasons to choose organic cotton clothing.



1. Organic cotton is chemical free. Choosing organic cotton is great for anyone looking to remove chemicals and toxins from their lives. Organic farmers do not use any chemical pesticides and fertilisers. They also commit to using non-genetically modified ingredients. 

Cotton products appear in food too. Cotton comprises shirts, dresses, and even denim, but it also makes its way into food products. Cottonseed oil is useful as cooking oil or in condiments, such as salad dressings. It is also an ingredient in some baked goods, such as cookies, as well as salty snacks, such as chips, where pesticides can accumulate. Opting for organic food helps reduce the problem.

2. Organic cotton is better for sensitive skin and allergies. Even in the manufacturing process, most traditionally grown cotton faces various chemical treatments and harsh dyes. Organic clothing does not go through the same chemical treatments. If dyed, the material's dyeing features low-impact or natural colorants. For those reasons, organic cotton clothing can reduce irritation and minimise allergic reactions. Babies and children have much thinner and more sensitive skin than adults, which makes them even more prone to these sensitivities.



3. Organic cotton is better for the environment. Cotton is one of the world's "dirtiest" crops; despite making up about 2.5 percent of all the world's agriculture, it uses about 25 percent of the world's insecticides and 10 percent of the world's pesticides, according to the Soil Association and the Organic Trade Association. Those chemicals can contaminate groundwater, harm biodiversity, and affect soil fertility. Groundwater contamination can even affect oxygen levels in the water and harm aquatic life. By contrast, organic farming methods restore nutrients to the ground, do not contaminate groundwater, and can actually help other plants and animals thrive. Organic farming also helps offset the effects of climate change by locking CO2 in the soil and reducing greenhouse gases released into the environment by avoiding fossil fuel-based fertilisers in favour of organic ones.

4. Organic cotton is better for farmers. Chemicals used in traditional farming methods not only wreak havoc on the environment; they have a devastating effect on the people who contact them. Many farmers in rural areas pick the cotton by hand, thus increasing their risk of exposure. Growing organic cotton is far safer for the farmers, and it can even be less expensive for the farmers because they do not have to purchase expensive chemicals.

5. Organic cotton is often manufactured under higher standards. Companies that manufacture organic clothing often have the same sort of values as their consumers. More companies are embracing social responsibility and ensuring their products come about ethically.

by KIM PHAM