So, what’s the deal about organic cotton and why is it so important that we buy it, instead of conventionally produced cotton?
Apparently it’s a pretty big deal. Here is why:
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms and GMO cotton is engineered cotton that are stronger than regular cotton for instance in order to prevent bugs and diseases. Organic cotton are NEVER GMO. Why is that important you ask?
For your own sake don’t buy GMO clothes, as the fibers of GMO-cotton are shorter and breaks faster. Have you ever experienced that your t-shirts from fast-fashion brands a ruined after the first wash? Well this is why. Farmers in Burkina Faso are actually outphasing GMO cotton partly due to poor quality.
Another main reason why Burkina Faso are outphasing GMO cotton is that it is not economically beneficial to grow GMO cotton for the workers. The problem is that GMO products can be patented. Monsanto, the world’s biggest producer of GMO cotton seeds own 95% of all the grown cotton in India. This creates really big issues as it leaves small independent farmers to be sued and trapped in ever lasting debt to Monsanto when the GMO super GMO seeds take over their fields. Indian cotton farmers suicide rates has been linked to GMO as the cotton workers economical situation is so hopeless that they cannot lead a life worth living. In total it is four big seed companies that control more than half of the world’s seed supply. By buying organic cotton you are fighting monopoly on seeds and you are therefore working towards a more diversified and sustainable planet.
It's Free of Pesticides and Fertilizer!
Besides never being GMO organic cotton are not sprayed with pesticides and you don’t cause over-fertilization.
Organic cotton and cotton made out of recycled materials are not sprayed with pesticides. In this way we avoid that pesticides or fertilization seeps down into the groundwater, contaminating it and the drinking water in villages. We also avoid contaminating lakes next to the cotton fields with pesticides, in that way we avoid contaminating drinking water for animals.
On top of that we do not play a hazardous games with the cotton farmers life. When cotton fields are sprayed with pesticides, the workers who are not wearing the right security equipment can end up with infections and long-term illnesses. This means that where you buy your clothes have a major impact on other people’s lives.
If you buy organic food for your own health and the health of the planet, consider to buy organic clothes too. In the same way that the organic food is better for us and our bodies, organic cotton is too. It’s not uncommon that people experience getting rashes, irritated skin, feeling dizzy or getting a headache when wearing GMO-cotton, simply because the pesticides used are deadly strong.
Organic cotton for non toxic clothes and fresh water.
Big Brands are Switching to Organic Cotton
On a more positive note still more bigger brands are switching to organic cotton. Especially H&M are taking a stand, saying that they want approximately 30% of their products to be made from sustainable materials by 2020. If you can’t wait for them, you can see all the items we have in organic cotton [here].
We still have a long way to go though. Only 1% of the farmed cotton today is organic, and it’s a bit harder to get a full harvest when not using pesticides to scare of bugs and insects. This is why YOU should support the organic cotton industry and help make tomorrows fashion industry better. For you, for the cotton workers, for the animals and the planet.