The Importance of Organic Cotton

As an industry significantly damaging to the environment and our resources due to its questionable ethics and harmful methods, the fashion industry is said to waste an incredible amount of materials every year, with deadly GMO’s being sprayed onto our seemingly ‘safe’ clothing. In fact, a vast majority of the behind the scenes activity occurs in order to ensure that profits are gained and demands are met. After all, would the public really support such a damaging industry if they knew the truth? With this said, it is not all doom and gloom as there are many slow and ethical companies fighting to make a change by lowering the wastage that clothing production creates and using safer and ethical materials and methods. Read on to find out why organic cotton is so important…

What is Cotton?

Cotton is a fibrous substance that is naturally formed and turned into a fibre and thread for sewing. Overall, the production of cotton is incredibly beneficial as it is a sustainable, renewable and biodegradable fibre that does not put as much pressure on the environment as man-made alternatives like nylon.  With this said, a vast majority of cotton production is treated with pesticides and GMO’s, making it harmful for both our environment and our skin. On the other hand, organic cotton isn’t treated with these chemicals which is advantageous for consumers, farmers and the planet.

The Benefits

Since organic cotton isn’t treated with harsh pesticides, many say that it’s texture is softer than regular-grown cotton and this makes it an excellent choice for baby clothing as their tender skin requires a fabric that isn’t harsh. In addition to this, the everyday consumer can benefit from organic cotton as the reduced number of of chemicals means that fewer allergic reactions are likely to take place, lowering both respiratory problems and skin irritation.

The production of conventional cotton accounts for a quarter of the use of insecticides on the planet. In fact, the crops have been associated with a range of diseases over the years including but not limited to bacterial blight, areolate mildew, black root rot and cotton rust. The excessive use of these chemicals during the production of regular cotton has exacerbated environmental pollution, however since the organic alternative does not use these chemicals, the quality of the soil is protected and water contamination is less of a risk.

Use in Clothing

Since the health and wellbeing of the planet has been a cause for concern over the past couple of decades, the introduction of organic fibres means that we are starting to implement the changes that will finally make a change. With this said, organic cotton is not only beneficial in terms of the environment, the clothing that is it produced from it is noticeably higher in quality. This is because the threads have not been broken down due to the heavy use of chemicals, creating a much more durable fibre that is softer and will last for a much longer timeframe.

Here at 2forjoy we believe that the fashion industry still has a long way to go in terms of creating an industry that is 100% sustainable and harmless. By supporting ethical fashion and it’s attempt to lower the damage inflicted on the environment, you can help to make a change. In fact, we will soon be releasing our very own range of organic cotton T-shirts. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the 2forjoy team today.

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