Talking Ethical Fashion: Organic Cotton Love
Posted on July 28 2014
We talk a lot about the benefits of organic cotton here at Bhoomki, not only for the environment, but for the planet’s people.
So if you haven’t heard, buying organic cotton is one of the best fashion choices you can make for yourself and Mother Earth, and here’s a quick lowdown on why:
Insecticides and Herbicides
Conventional cotton represents an estimated 2.5% of the world’s agricultural landscape, though it consumes more than 16% of all insecticides and 6.8% of all herbicides worldwide. No other cash crop pollutes our soil and rivers more than cotton through its indulgent use of toxic chemicals. Cotton farmers and those that live near cotton fields experience high incidents of cancer, skin disease, birth defects and respiratory illness. Also much of the world’s cotton is still picked by hand, so imagine the levels at which cotton pickers come in contact with these toxins.
Cotton can’t seem to quench its thirst like most cash crops. It can take more than 20,000 liters of water to produce 1kg (2.2 lbs) of cotton. Whoa.
Although cotton grows year round, commercial cotton farmers prefer to grow it annually, to reap the largest possible harvest. This practice reduces a cotton plants’ water retention capacity, discourages crop rotation, and leads to soil erosion.
- Organic cotton grows without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. This keeps the people who grow it, pick it and live near it healthier.
- Federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming.
- Smaller farmers of cotton can set the price of cotton for buyers.
- Organic cotton consumes less water and emits fewer greenhouse gases.
- And you know what else, we just think it feels better on your skin, and in your soul.
Some Organic Cotton Brands We Carry
Many of the brands we carry choose organic cotton. Here are a few....
- Organic by John Patrick
- Elroy Apparel
- Feral Childe
- Amour Vert
Come and get it.