WHY ORGANIC COTTON IS BETTER FOR THE PLANET
What is organic cotton?
Cotton is a natural fluffy fibre that comes from cotton plants. Once it has been picked, it is spun into a thread and then woven into a light, breathable, workable, and wearable material.
Non-organic cotton is known as the ‘world’s dirtiest crop’ because it contributes to environmental pollution through the use of pesticides and insecticides, and exposes cotton growers and consumers to toxic chemicals that are used during production.
The story is very different for organic cotton, however. Why is organic cotton better for the planet? There are many reasons for this:-
Less impact on water - Organic cotton has significantly fewer negative impacts on water than non-organic. It uses over 85% less water in total and does not contribute to water pollution caused by hazardous synthetic pesticides.
Healthier soil - Because organic cotton is grown without toxic chemicals it doesn’t damage the soil. Instead, organic farmers use natural methods like composting to create healthy soil that acts like a sponge, soaking up water during floods and holding it for longer during droughts.
The way cotton is watered - Most organic cotton is grown in rain-fed areas, this mean farmers rely on rain to water their cotton, instead of having to extract water from the ground which increases water use and can put pressure on water supplies in local communities.
Saves energy - Energy use is reduced by around 60% becayss organic cotton doesn’t involve the production of fertiliser.
There are multiple sustainable cottons on the market, but to be sure what you are buying is truly sustainable look for organic cotton certification.