Organic Cotton; The facts, myths & other interesting info...
It's easy to forget how prevalent cotton is in our everyday lives, from our clothes, to furniture, towels to babies nappies, cotton is a material that we are all so familiar with. But did you know, that unlike organic food products, cotton products don't need to be certified in order to be described as organic. Meaning you could buy a product described as organic, but in reality it could include as little as 5% organic cotton.
This may not seem very disturbing – non-organic cotton is everywhere, surely it can't be that bad. But there are huge differences in the way that organic and non-organic cotton are not only produced, but also in how they affect the health and wellbeing of people and the planet.
So what actually is organic cotton?
Organic cotton is grown without the use of chemicals, on land that has been detoxified (for at least 3 years), using seeds that have not been Genetically Modified. It is also important to note that organic cotton does not involve any toxic dyes, bleaches or scents during the processing and packaging processes. As a result, organic cotton protects the health of farmers and workers and the habitats of wildlife around the world.
Why we love organic cotton...
A major appeal of organic cotton is its reduced impact on the environment, for example it uses dramatically less water compared to non-organic cotton. The NGO Textile Exchange revealed that a t-shirt made from non-organic cotton would require 2,168 gallons of water whereas an organic cotton t-shirt would require 186 gallons (a difference of 1,982 gallons, more than 90% less). This is a staggering difference that has a huge impact on our planet and which is simply not discussed enough.
The quality differences between organic and non-organic cotton is another reason why we are pro organic cotton. As non-organic cotton is heavily treated with chemicals, its internal fibres loose a huge amount of integrity leading to a shorter lifespan for a non-organic cotton product. Less quality means non-organic cotton is more quickly thrown out leading to more waste. So although organic cotton may be more expensive, In the long run it makes more economic sense, for both the environment and your pocket.
Lastly, we love organic cotton because it is kinder to your skin. It is well know that the chemicals from non-organic cotton can trigger skin allergies and irritate the skin of babies. People of all ages have reported dramatic improvements when they switch to organic cotton products. Since we are in contact with cotton products practically 24/7, it is worth buying a cotton product that is more soothing and skin-friendly!
Overall, there are so many reasons why it makes sense to buy organic! Here at Scandi Mini, we are proud to say that almost all of the brands we stock are leading the way in conscious fashion. Over the next few weeks we are especially excited for the launch of 3 of our key sustainable fashion forward thinking brands, Bobo Choses, Mini Rodini and Tiny Cottons. All certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), meaning their products must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres. So if you are passionate about the environment, fashion and buying high quality products then we are sure you will love these new collections too!
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*Main cotton image from 'The Dailys'