When it comes to fabrics of clothing, cotton is by far the superior and most popular choice. Why? Because we know it’s one of the softest and most comfortable fabrics. But do you know the differences between organic cotton and regular cotton? There really is more to it than you think…
What Is Regular Cotton?
Standard, regular, traditional cotton, whatever you like to call it is one of the most popular fabrics for clothing.
Regular cotton is farmed with GMO or genetically modified seeds. These have been modified to build resistance to bugs, however, over time as the bugs become stronger and resistant to them, chemical pesticides and fertilisers are used to destroy them. Regular cotton is continually grown and farmed on the same soil over and over again. As you can imagine, this degrades the soil quality over time, removing nutrients and leading to unhealthy crops.
Due to the increased demand in regular cotton, once ready for farming this is usually done via machine picking. During machine picking, this doesn’t maintain the purity of the fibres and damages cotton fibres in the process which leads to waste, and damage.
What Is Organic Cotton?
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a much lower impact on our environment. In the production of our organic cotton, no pesticides or dyes are used in the entire process from start to finish. In the reduction or in our case, total exemption of pesticides, this helps to maintain soil fertility and build biologically diverse agriculture.
When organic cotton is ready for farming it is hand picked, this ensures that these fibres don’t get weakened or split, the result is softer, far more durable products.
Let’s compare the two types of cotton below…
|Regular Cotton||Organic Cotton|
|16% of the worlds insecticides, and 10% total pesticides are used, poisoning people and the environment.||Hazardous pesticides are banned in the production of organic cotton.|
|High energy and water use.||Less energy and water use.|
|Cotton is usually grown as a mono crop, destroying soil quality.||Organic cotton is grown alongside food which feeds the farmers.|
|There are no mandatory checks at conventional factories.||All factories are regularly inspected.|
|Tests on clothes revealed traces of toxic dyes, which could be absorbed through the skin.||GOTS certification covers all stages, from field, to retail.|
|These may cause allergies, rashes and respiratory problems. Babies are more vulnerable as they are still growing.||Allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemical residues are NOT allowed in GOTS certified clothes.|
As you can see, organic cotton far out trumps its traditional counterpart on every level. The most important aspect is how organic cotton is far better for our environment. It helps to support and protect every stage of the ecosystem. Organic cotton is a sustainable and eco-friendly option to regular cotton. Once you try it for yourself and your babies skin, you’ll never look back!
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