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Going organic?
Last Updated: 02/13/2021
What is “organic” cotton?
Organic cotton is the name for cotton that is raised without pesticides from plants that are not modified genetically. Organic cotton production costs more but has less environmental impact than conventional cotton. Other problems involved in the making of conventional cotton include high levels of agrochemicals, these chemicals used in the cotton processing pollute the water and air, and residual chemicals can cause irritation to the consumers’ skin.

How is organic cotton grown?
Organic cotton is grown globally and is a rapidly growing industry. India is the current leader in production of organic cotton, supplying about half of our world’s supply of organic cotton. Turkey, once the leader in organic cotton production, now joins Syria, China, Tanzania, United States, Uganda and others in the race for being top producer of this crop whose importance is rapidly increasing due to environmental concerns. Cotton sold as “organic” must be cultivated based on the federal guidelines for the production of organic crops. Soil fertility methods that meet organic certification standards typically include; crop rotation, animal manure additions, cover cropping, and use of natural rock powders. Weeds are controlled by a combination of flame weeding, cultivation, and other cultural practices. Certain biopesticides are used to control insects that attack the cotton, these biopesticides are environmentally healthier than other pesticides used for growing normal cotton.

How does Organic cotton benefit the Environment?
Organic cotton is widely used because of its ability to cut down on the use of pesticides that can be harmful to our environment and cause pollution in the air we breathe. Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production methods maintain soil fertility, and reduce the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers. A third party certification organization must verify the organic cotton producer’s methods and materials allowed in this production to ensure that it is truly organic.

Why should you buy organic cotton?
Organic cotton has been proven to cut down on the amount of pesticides and fertilizers used in our society, but it is also made popular by its other features as well. Organic clothing has been known for being soft and comfortable to wear and is used for many types of clothing, it is also known to be extremely breathable and does not create static electricity like other clothing, lasts longer, takes embroidery as well as other garments. This is also a great alternative to people with dermatological conditions, bamboo fabric is naturally antimicrobial and will not harm those with skin sensitivities. Socks, shirts, sweaters, dresses, jackets, sleepwear, sportswear, polo shirts, and many other types of clothing are made from this environmentally healthy crop. A normal cotton shirt with polyester blended in can exude about one fourth of its weight in air pollutants and ten times its weight in carbon dioxide, every organic shirt you purchase takes out the use of 150 grams of agricultural chemicals. In comparison to other cotton products, organic cotton is always the better alternative to chemically grown cotton and much healthier for our environment too.

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