We all love wearing cotton. It’s soft, breathable, and durable. But as consumers, it’s important to know what we are buying and make conscious decisions about the products that go on our skin and in our homes. The ugly truth about cotton is that according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), although it covers only 5.7% of the cultivated land, cotton growers use 16.1% of the world’s most hazardous pesticides, including aldicarb, phorate, methamidophos and endosulfan. These pesticides can harm and poison farmers, wildlife, consumers, and the environment. Growing cotton is not good for us or the planet.
The solution: Organic Cotton! It is farmed, processed, treated, and dyed organically. This means that it is produced without the use of toxic chemicals or GMOs. It combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote a good quality of life for all involved. Its production sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people by using natural processes rather than artificial inputs. Plus, the Soil Association found that organic cotton can be grown using 91% less water than its non-organic counterpart. Seeing as 80% of organic cotton crops are rain-fed, not irrigated, farmers are also able to produce these plants without drawing heavily on local water resources.
To ensure these standards are met, The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has a clearly defined set of criteria and is transparent. GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. GOTS certified final products may include fibre products, yarns, fabrics, bed sheets, clothes, home textiles, mattresses, personal hygiene products, as well as food contact textiles and more.
So let’s compare growing conventional cotton versus organic cotton:
- 95% of cotton seed market is controlled by GM giants
- Farmers are locked into costly contracts and have little control
- Cotton is usually grown as a monocrop, depleting the soil and destroying its quality
- 16.1% of the world’s insecticides, and 5.7% of total pesticides, are used in cotton production, poisoning people and the environment
- 77 million agricultural workers suffer poisoning from pesticides each year
- 83% of manufactured nitrogen fertilizers used on crops end up in the environment
- Farmers are free to save seeds and choose what they grow
- Soil is nurtured, making it viable for the long term
- Organic cotton is grown alongside food which feed the farmers
- Hazardous pesticides are banned in organic cotton production, making it safe for growers
Less energy and water are used. Farming methods lock CO2 into the soil. Growing organic cotton produces up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions.
With so many other options to choose from, it’s important that we make conscious decisions about what goes on our skin and in our homes. If you care about yourself, your loved ones and our beloved planet, choose organic!
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