Unlike organic foods, the benefits of organic cotton can be a bit harder to grasp. When it comes to organic food, it’s easy to understand the connection between what we put in our bodies and our health. An apple, say, that contains trace amounts of pesticides it is probably not something you would pick over one with none... But we don’t eat cotton, so why go organic?
Did you know that cotton is one of the most widely grown crops in the world? In addition, conventional cotton is also one of the most chemically dependent crops to grow. Which is bad news for our planet. These insecticides and pesticides can seep into the ground and contaminate nearby lakes, rivers, and water supplies. In addition, they are breathed in by farmers, wildlife, and people who live near the cotton farm and can cause severe health problems.
What’s the organic method?
Organic cotton farming utilizes a number of natural methods to control weeds and pests. Some of these methods may include crop rotation, where crops are swapped out to avoid a large build up of cotton specific pests; mixed cultivation to avoid crop specific pests; mechanical or hand weeding and the introduction of beneficial insects. These methods support healthier soil with increased organic matter which ultimately retain better moisture.
With GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) certified organic cotton the benefits don’t stop after the crop is grown. The process in which the cotton undergoes for production, whitening, and finishing is done through safe methods, better for us and better for the world around us.
We feel strongly about doing our little part in the big picture. By supporting organic cotton farmers we are supporting a healthier lifestyle and a cleaner environment.