The Benefits of Organic Cotton
What exactly is organic cotton?
Did you know that only 3% of the world’s arable land is used for cotton production, but that is where 25% of all pesticides are used? In the United States a single cotton plant comes in contacts with no less than 200 types of chemicals. Unlike regular cotton, organic cotton is cultivated under strict ecological regulation, and chemical substances are completely excluded from the production process.
8 greatest benefits of organic cotton
#1 It is environmentally friendly: using organic cotton reduces your carbon footprint and aids the fight against climate change.
#2 Advantageous for the farmers: safe working conditions and protected worker rights are guaranteed on organic cotton plantations.
#3 Good for your skin: organic cotton is free from chemicals and it is hypoallergenic.
#4 Beneficial to animal life: there is 77% greater biodiversity on organic cotton farms.
#5 Energy saving: the production of organic cotton fabric requires 62% less energy than regular cotton.
#6 Water saving: the production of organic cotton uses 71% less water, and often collected rainwater is used in the production process.
#7 Natural methods: the production process utilizes composting and using beneficial insects against pests among others.
#8 Organic cotton farms do not use genetically modified (GMO) seeds.
If all cotton today was produced by organic farming, we could reduce the world’s pesticide use by 25%. When you choose an organic cotton garment, you invest in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil quality, and the improved wellbeing and safer working conditions of farmers.
Sources and more information: http://aboutorganiccotton.org/