Spotlight on organic cotton

Organic cotton and regular cotton, what’s the difference? Well, it’s pretty big it turns out. At Stiall we’re dedicated to providing you with all the essential information – so here’s what you need to know   

Organic cotton uses less water than regular cotton

This means that by buying organic you’re helping the environment. Growing systems that replenish and maintain soil fertility are a big part of the organic movement, ensuring soil fertility.  

Organic cotton doesn’t use pesticides, insecticides, herbicides or Genetically Modified Organisms. 

Unlike regular cotton, organic cotton is free of harmful toxins. It has been estimated that 25% of the worlds insecticides are used for conventionally grown cotton – more than any other crop in the world.   

Conventionally grown cotton is damaging to to farmers and garment factory workers

Pesticides used for non organic cotton have poisoned farmers and meant factory workers breath in harmful fumes during manufacturing. Recent studies by the World Health Organisation show that “up to 20,000 deaths each year are caused by pesticide poisoning in developing countries”. In the Untied States, a huge cotton producer more than  “10,000 farmers die each year from cancers related to such chemicals.”  

Non organic cottons can have harmful affects in our day to day lives too

Chemical residues can be trapped in non-organic cottons. These can cause irritated skins, rashes, headaches and dizziness.  

Organic cotton production is safer and less harmful

The organic cotton crop is protected with natural materials to ward off insects, a much better method than pesticides considering 1/3 of a pound of chemical insecticides are used to grow enough cotton for just one t-shirt.  

Organic cotton is better for comfort 

The threads of organic cotton have not been broke down or damaged the way conventional cotton is. It therefore generally lasts longer and is praised for being softer and more comfortable.    So, there you have it. Organic cotton has a pretty impressive list of benefits. Will go go organic in the future?

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