Chances are that most of the clothes in your wardrobe use cotton in one form or another. In fact roughly 70% of all the clothing produced globally is made from cotton or a blend of it. There's no coincidence, here's why:
⦁ Cotton is a natural fibre that can produce a soft, absorbent and breathable fabric. This makes it ideal for garments that are close to the skin (undergarments, t-shirts, etc). ⦁ It is a good thermal conductor and keeps the body warm in the winter and cool in the summer. ⦁ Naturally easy to dye due the fibre's whiteness. ⦁ Cotton is very absorbant and can soak up to 27 times its weight in water. It also becomes stronger when wet.
Despite this, there is a little more that you should know about cotton, including the difference between regular and organic cotton and how regular cotton impacts the environment and communities.
Regular and Organic Cotton - What's the Difference?
⦁ In agricultural terms cotton consumes 2% of the world's farming land and disproportionately 16% of synthetic chemical pesticides. ⦁ Exposure to synthetic chemical pesticides harms you as you wear it on your skin for hours on end, which can expose you to allergens. ⦁ Requires 6 times the energy and as much as 500 times the water input to grow the crop compared to wool. ⦁ Impact on not only the environment but the well-being and health of local communities too. The water used to grow India's cotton export in 2013 was enough to supply almost 90% of the country's population with 100 litres of water everyday for that year.
⦁ More Eco-friendly; uses 71% less water and 62% less energy. ⦁ Identical qualities to cotton except no pesticides or chemicals are used to grow the crop. ⦁ Production must conform to strict criteria. Fair working conditions and no child labour are mandatory to obtain certifications such as the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) and Organic Contents Standard (OCS). ⦁ GMO-free. ⦁ Safer for farmers and workers on cotton plantations, avoiding exposure to harmful chemicals. ⦁ Eco-friendly dyes and fabric treatments must be used.
Why Organic Cotton Should be Your First Choice
⦁ For adults with sensitive skin, organic cotton enables you to avoid allergens contained in chemically grown and synthetic products. ⦁ Babies and children are the most vulnerable to the health risks related to pesticides. Organic cotton clothing reduces their exposure to toxic and persistent pesticides. ⦁ Has a smaller carbon footprint, using less energy and water resources to produce. ⦁ Enjoy all the same great qualities of regular cotton but without the huge cost to the environment, people, and yourself!
Ethi offers a range of clothing and lifestyle products made with certified organic cotton. You can find them below:
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