Organic Cotton - Why Make The Swap?
You may now have heard of organic cotton, but is it really better than regular cotton? What's the big deal? Can swapping to organic cotton make a difference?
We think it definitely can.
Here are just a few of the benefits from choosing organic cotton as a starting point:
The farming methods used in organic farming are much kinder to the soil. Methods like compositing help improve soil quality which means better crops and better eco systems. Better eco systems means healthier local areas and, little by little, that means a more cared for planet as a whole.
Firstly, according to the Soil Association organic cotton farming has up to 46% less fossil fuel emissions than regular cotton farming. That is a huge difference due to the fertilisers used and the farming methods used.
Secondly, regular or GM farming uses lots of pesticides and chemicals which run into the soil, contaminate the soil, then they run through the soil to the nearby rivers and lakes, contaminating those too. This means the water supply for all the surrounding communities becomes polluted with chemicals which are harmful for humans and animals.
Simply swapping to organic farming methods eradicates this problem and leaves the water supplies clean for everyone else.
In the UK, where we are based, and in a lot of the western world, water isn't something we worry too much about. We just need to head over to the tap and it's there waiting. However, in many parts of the world this, sadly, isn't the case. There are many places where water is scarce and people aren't able to get the water they need.
Something that is adding to this problem and draining water supplies in some areas is farming regular cotton. The farming methods used require crazy amounts of water and it is used in a very inefficient way.
Organic cotton, on the other hand, uses a lot less water. The farming methods for organic farming often rely on rainwater for the crops rather than taking water from the ground. Also, the soil is cared for better, so it soaks up and retains more water, making the whole process much more efficient.
4) And as a bonus...
Organic cotton feels different. It feels softer.
You can notice it as soon as you feel it on your skin, and that's just one more reason we love it.
Have you tried organic cotton? If so, what prompted you to do so? Did you notice the difference in how it feels?
If not, why don't you give it a try? You could start with one simple item and see what you think.