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If you are anything like me, you probably haven’t thought about the importance of what your clothing is made of. Outside of how it felt against my skin, I didn’t give it too much of a thought. It didn’t seem like there was much reason for being mindful with fabrics when buying clothes.
But there are! There are many reasons to be mindful when we buy our clothes (or anything made with fabric).
Before diving into the reasons to opt for organic cotton, let’s talk about just what it exactly is.
What is Organic Cotton?
In order for cotton to be certified organic, it must be grown without the use of pesticides, fertilizers or genetically modified seeds. Just like the fruits and veggies you buy, organic cotton means no pesticides or crazy chemical fertilizers.
Non-organic cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed with pesticides!
Conventional cotton makes up for 16% of all insecticides used and 7% all pesticides used in the world!
Non-organic cotton is considered the world’s dirtiest crop by the Environmental Justice Foundation.
Reasons to Choose Organic Cotton Clothing
Better for the Environment
This one should come as no surprise, since we are dealing directly with plants. Less chemicals used on plants means less chemicals leeching into our environment. Cleaner water, soil, and air for everyone!
Did you know that non-organic cotton crops need more and more pesticides (or stronger pesticides) because the pests build up a tolerance? So not only does choosing organic cotton, reduce pesticide use but it slows down that scary pesticide snow ball effect. It also takes less water (71% less!) and less energy (62% less!) to grow organic cotton than it does to grown non-organic cotton.
Better for Your Body
IF you thought that fabric can’t effect your body because it’s not really entering it… you’d be wrong! Your body can absorb chemicals via your skin (which is also why natural skincare is also important!) The chemicals used in conventional cotton can be absorbed into your body and potentially cause all sorts of health issues such as birth defects and endocrine disorders. Organic cotton is also a better option for those with allergies or chemical sensitivities.
Better for the Farmers
As consumers, we only come into contact with a fraction of the chemicals that the farmer and their families do. Imagine how many toxins a non-organic farmer is exposed to! Choosing organic cotton allows farmers to grow cotton without harmful chemicals and live healthier lives. It also sends the message to the world that we’d prefer all cotton to be grown organically.
Now that you know that organic cotton is better for you, better for the environment and helps the well-being of farmers, what’s stopping you? There are so many great clothing brands out there that are making the choice to choose organic cotton in their clothing. Clothing brands such as prAna who are determined to make their clothing as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible.
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