Why Organic Cotton?
Conventionally-grown cotton occupies only 3% of the world's farmland, but uses 25% of the world's chemical pesticides! A USDA study conducted in 2000 estimated that in the USA in just one year more than 84,000,000 pounds of pesticides were used! They also reported that many of the chemicals were "likely" or "known" human carcinogens!
Unfortunately many insects become resistant to these pesticides, requiring ever-increasing amounts to be used. Estimates are that less than 10% of the chemicals applied accomplish their task, and the rest are absorbed into the air, water, and ground.
Organic cotton is grown without the use of insecticides and pesticides, thereby reducing your exposure to these toxic substances...as well as reducing potential pollution of the land, water, and air.
The cost of organic cotton is higher because:
It is not a subsidized crop, conventional cotton growers receive government subsidies.
It is more labor intensive to grow, and is grown to full bloom.
No genetically modified cottonseed is used.
The process by which the conventional cotton is turned into fabric includes the use of additional chemicals:
During the weaving process poly-vinyl alchohol is used.
The bleaching process often involves the use of chlorine.
Dyes may contain VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) and heavy metals.
The final phase can include an application of formaldehyde to soften and make the fabric more wrinkle free.
The eco-friendly process used for growing and converting organic cotton into fabric does not include the use of toxic chemicals. Therefore it does not compromise workers' health or create toxic runoff. Non-chlorine bleach, silicon-free softeners and low impact, azo-free dyes are used instead. Strict testing ensures the absence of contaminants like nickel, lead, formaldehyde, amines, pesticides, and heavy metals.
By purchasing just one organic cotton t-shirt you have saved 4 oz. of dangerous, concentrated pesticides from entering our environment!
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