THE BENEFITS OF GOING ORGANIC
WHY ORGANIC COTTON HAS OUR VOTE
Organic cotton is our cotton of choice for many reasons. It is much more sustainable than conventional cotton, using no chemicals or artificial intervention to grow, preserving our natural resources and protecting the Earth. It uses less water, preserves soil quality and uses less energy for growth, promoting biodiversity and saving habitats for many species of wildlife. It is farmed by hand and is much safer for its farmers (1,000 people die every day from pesticide poisoning). The result is stronger, softer, much more durable cotton that when made into garments, feels more luxurious, is breathable, does not pill or shrink and stands the test of time in your wardrobe.
CONVENTIONAL VS. ORGANIC COTTON
Conventional cotton needs almost 12 times more water than organic.
80% of organic cotton is watered using rainfall.
Conventional cotton uses a genetically modified seed which can lead to the development of ‘superweeds’ that cannot be eradicated.
Organic cotton is never genetically modified and is naturally more pest-resistant.
Conventional cotton is picked with machinery and treated with toxic chemicals which are extremely harmful to farmers.
Organic cotton is handpicked, reducing waste and is completely safe for farmers.
Many forms of pesticides and fungicides are added to conventional cotton, which are incredibly harmful to the earth, soil, farmers and us.
Organic cotton requires no pesticides or artificial intervention and simply uses native insects to protect its plants.
Conventional cotton emits approximately 46% more CO2 than organic.
Organic cotton reduces emissions due to the crop rotation techniques that naturally sequester CO2.
After it’s grown, conventional cotton is treated with harmful chemicals and additives, which can be carcinogenic to the wearer.
Organic cotton is naturally hypoallergenic and gentler on our skin.
Conventional cotton farms do not necessarily abide by fair trade standards.
65% of certified organic farmers are fair trade certified, ensuring their workers are protected and well treated.
Machine picked conventional cotton is weaker from chemical use and farming methods; it is not as soft and does not last as long.
Organic cotton fibres are longer and stronger, super soft and much more durable and long-lasting.
Conventional cotton farms use the same soil every season meaning it becomes nutrient-poor and requires more chemical intervention for growth.
The soil on organic cotton farms is rotated regularly, letting it fill up with nutrients and leading to healthier crops.
Pesticides and chemicals in conventional cotton farming can kill insects and harm native wildlife.
Organic cotton promotes the use of biodiversity in nature and promotes a more sustainable ecosystem.
Conventional cotton takes much longer to break down and will leach chemicals into the earth.
Organic cotton will biodegrade in about five months.