Organic cotton is grown with out the use of chemical pesticides and is usually certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). The growth of conventional cotton uses a large amount of chemical pesticides and farmers involved in it growth can become trapped in a circle of poverty as pests become more resistant and the cost of agro chemicals grows. There are also many other ethical and environmental issues surrounding the growth of conventional cotton including the use of enforced child labour during the harvest in Uzbekistan and the shrinking of the Aral sea partly due to cotton irrigation.
Organic cotton clothing offers a solution to many of these issues and by buying organic cotton clothing consumers can help to minimise their impact on the environment. The ethical fashion industry is gathering speed and growing fast and it now much easier to buy a wide range of fashion dress made from certified organic cotton, you can even often find organic alternatives in your local jeans shop.
Here are 5 great reasons why it is well worth making the effort to choose organic cotton over conventional cotton for your clothing.
- Organic cotton clothing is natural and soft to wear. You can be absolutely sure that it is free of chemicals that could potentially be carcinogenic, toxic or allergenic. It is often recommended to choose organic cotton clothing for children and adults with eczema, because it is hypo allergenic.
- Organic cotton is farmed naturally and without the use of genetically modified species. This promotes a healthier farm and environment.
- No harmful chemicals are used in the manufacture of organic textiles making them better for the local wildlife and people.
- Organic farming offers farmers a more sustainable livelihood and helps them to break out of the cycle of poverty, needing to buy more and more agro chemicals to obtain the same yield as pests become resistant. The genetically modified seeds and pesticides used in conventional cotton production are controlled by just a few large agro chemical companies and have left many farmers in debt. Organic cotton offers a more sustainable alternative with a minimum price for organic cotton guaranteed. The cost of growing organic cotton declines over time as the ecosystem regains its balance.
- Organic cotton is also obtained from known sources so you can be sure that it has been harvested by forced child labour in Uzbekistan.