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The Benefits of Organic Cotton

The benefits of organic cotton are huge! By investing in organic cotton clothing, blankets, sheets, and drapes, you're helping yourself and the earth.

When you pull open your closet or throw a blanket on your bed, do you notice the fabric tag? Many of us ignore the materials that make our clothes and sheets, but that’s a mistake. 

Those who are a little savvier about the world of textiles will tell you that seeking out quality materials like organic cotton is crucial. That’s because the benefits of organic cotton are massive, for you, for other human beings, and for the environment. 

Better For You

Historically, humans wore cotton and other organic materials like wool or silk, but today we rely on synthetics more often than not. Synthetics are easy to care for, they dry quickly, and are often wrinkle resistant. Unfortunately, recent research is raising concerns about synthetic materials and human health

Researchers have linked spandex to dermatitis, for example, and one animal study on pregnant dogs showed that wearing polyester could adversely affect reproductive hormones. Whether or not those effects carry over to humans is up for debate, but many ask, why risk it? 

Organic cotton is undoubtedly safe. Farmers don’t need to use harmful pesticides to grow it. And, organic cotton doesn’t need a host of toxic chemical washes during processing like synthetic fabrics or standard cotton require.

Organic cotton is also absorbent. It absorbs sweat and moisture, preventing bacteria from forming that can irritate the skin. That leads many to swear by it for undergarments, sheets, and sleepwear. 

Better for the Environment

Organic cotton isn’t just good for your health, though. It’s also better for the environment overall. Regular cotton growers use GMO herbicides to grow their crops. But, for cotton to be organic, they can’t use GMOs or any sort. 

So, the farmers have to rely on healthy ecosystems to get rid of pests. That means they use renewable practices like crop rotation to grow their cotton. 

Getting rid of herbicides and pesticides is better for the environment because agricultural chemicals don’t stay on plants. They end up in water sources and are detrimental to other organisms, not just the pests that farmers intend to get rid of. 

Plus, organic cotton cultivation uses less water and energy than standard cotton-growing techniques. By some estimates, organic cotton uses 88% less water and 62% less energy! So, it’s a much more sustainable crop than regular cotton. 

And, unlike synthetic fabrics, organic cotton decomposes into organic components fast. When you throw away an old cotton t-shirt or rag, it breaks down in about five months. Meanwhile, synthetic fabrics, which are often plastic derivatives, take up to 200 years to decompose!

High-Quality Products From Fair Workplaces 

Lovers of organic cotton swear by its quality, and without question, organic cotton is soft, absorbent, and better for the earth. But, the benefits don’t end there. Most organic cotton processors certify themselves as organic through the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

GOTS certification requires fair remuneration for workers, safe working conditions, and bans child labor. They require employers to provide clean facilities and water at no charge to employees. Plus, they prohibit discrimination by gender, race, religion, and marital status. 

So, when you buy organic cotton, you can usually rest assured that the person who made it was treated fairly. That’s not always the case with standard cotton, and it’s certainly not the case with synthetic fabrics.  

Final Thoughts

The benefits of organic cotton are huge! By investing in organic cotton clothing, blankets, sheets, and drapes, you’re helping yourself and the earth. 

You’re saying no to harmful pesticides and toxic processing ingredients. And, you’re ensuring fair treatment for farmers and other workers. 

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