5 Reasons Organic Cotton Matters More Than You Think

Organic cotton means two things:

1. The cotton is produced in a sustainable manner without hazardous materials used;

2. It is certified according to organic agricultural standards.

The primary benefit of organic cotton is that it is grown in a way that has low impact on our environment:

  • Organic cotton production – from seeding and soil preparation all the way to whiting and finishing – is done WITHOUT the use of harmful artificial inputs. This means NO toxic chemicals, NO pesticides, NO insecticides, and NO genetically modified organisms (institutional regulations actually prohibit the use of GMO seed for organic farming).
  • Organic farming practices protect and maintain soil fertility and actually build a more biologically diverse agriculture.

How is Cotton Produced Now?

In contrast to organic cotton, conventional cotton production is notorious for being one of the world’s most chemical-intensive crops.

Conventional cotton production soaks up 16-25% of the total pesticides produced worldwide, even though the crop itself only covers about 2.5% of the world’s total agricultural land. Such chemicals have detrimental effects on the air, water, soil, and the well-being of the people in cotton-growing areas.

In fact, the chemicals involved in conventional production are classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as one of the most harmful.

source: aboutorganiccotton.org

Why Choose Organic Cotton:

1. Reduces Environmental Footprint

No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton. It doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 88%-91% less water and 62% less energy. Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides.

2. Promotes Work Safety & Better Livelihoods

Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safe. They are not exposed to toxic chemicals in the field or through their food and water supply. It also means farmers grow more than one crop which supplements their food and income.

3. Impacts our Food System

Organic cotton is grown from organic cotton seeds. Cotton seed oil is used in a variety of food products such as cookies, chips, and vegetable oil, and it is also fed to livestock. So while cotton fibre is not something we put in our body, the by-product can make its way into our diets.

4. Fair Price for Sustainability

When you buy organic cotton you are investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil and improved farmer livelihoods. The price for organic cotton is therefore sometimes, but not always, higher. However, with rising demand and awareness, more choices will become available.

5. Model for the future

By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. As organic cotton is 80% rain-fed, this significantly reduces pressure on local water sources. The absence of chemicals also means that water is cleaner and safer. Conventional cotton is often grown in water-scarce areas using irrigation, meaning it takes 2,700 litres of water to make a typical cotton t-shirt…

“You’re choosing more when you’re choosing organic cotton.”

In the end, we are the ones with the power to change what is being sold (with given amount of awareness and supporters).

At Minimaly, we’re listening to these voices and hope to inspire you to find bio-materials that you’ll love for a long time. If you’re interested in learning about the materials we work with, please subscribe and read more here.

Source: www.aboutorganiccotton.org

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source: aboutorganiccotton.org

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