Cotton is one of the most widely used materials in our world. The bed sheets we sleep on, the clothes we wear and the furniture we sit on are all composed of cotton materials. Unfortunately it is also produced with the highest amount of toxic chemicals than any other crop. So let's talk a little about the difference and benefits of organic cotton.
The majority of cotton crops are grown in subtropical regions such as USA, Turkey and China and make up 50 percent of the world’s fibre needs, but its crops alone account for 16% of toxic pesticides used in farming world wide. Cotton also uses a high level chemicals in the production process polluting the air, soils and waterways. The heavy use of chemicals is a huge threat to the local environment and biodiversity of their regions.
The heavy use of pesticides and genetically modified crops are also an enormous expense for farmers that yield no profits or benefits over organic crops. In fact it is reported that these expenses are so massive as to result in high rates of suicide amongst cotton farmers. Exposure to these chemicals are dangerous to the farmers, the producers and factory workers and even to us the consumers as cotton can retain allergenic, carcinogenic and toxic chemical residues.
In contrast organic cotton crops act to support the biodiversity of the planet and offer a healthier and cleaner product. The heavy use of synthetic fertilisers and insecticides are replaced by long term habitat planting and ecosystem manipulation systems which benefit both the crops and the organisms that live around them. In the United States organic cerification approval comes from the approved the state certifying agency, the USDA, requiring alignment with their rules and policies for fertiliser and pest control use and crop management.
Look out for the Organic Certfication labels next time you buy, and don't forget to check out our range of organic homewares!