Cotton is big business. It’s used for so many things in our daily lives, which is what makes it the world’s most widely used natural fibre. It’s present in pretty much everything, from the clothes we wear, to the sheets we sleep in and even some of the food we eat. So, if it’s a natural fibre, then there’s nothing wrong with it, right? Well, maybe if left alone to grow the way nature intended.
It’s not so much the cotton itself which causes problems for the environment, but more the kind of processes that are used. Although the way conventional cotton is being produced is getting better for the environment as time moves on, it still makes use of products which cause damage to the world around us.
More and more people are seeing the benefits of the natural alternative, which is to use organically produced cotton. This way you can ensure that you’re doing the best you can for the environment and your own health over all. So, why is organic cotton better for the environment?
- No toxic chemicals
- Helps maintain fertility of soil
- Doesn’t poison or deplete water supply
- Helps build biologically diverse agriculture
- Better for health of everyone
- Benefits the earth’s ecosystem
But, don’t just take it from us, here are some more details about why we’re loving organic cotton and the less negative impact it has on the environment.
No harsh chemicals
The biggest worry when we look at how conventional cotton is produced is the use of incredibly harsh pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. Some of the chemicals used were originally manufactured as biological weapons, while many can be hazardous to the health of those workers who are exposed to them on a regular basis. These chemicals have been blamed for causing cancer, birth defects, a weaker immune system and general ill health in farmers and factory workers. It gets even scarier when you consider that through irrigation, these chemicals can get into the water supply and affect whole communities.
Benefit the water supply
Generally known to be a very thirsty crop, cotton takes a huge amount of water to harvest it well. And in developing countries where water isn’t in plentiful supply, this can be a problem. Over time, organically produced cotton uses less water and relies more on rainfall than irrigation to hydrate it. Also, in the absence of chemicals, there’s no harmful substances getting into lakes and rivers, poisoning the wildlife that drink from them.
Improve soil quality
Organic systems for growing and harvesting cotton aim to replenish and maintain the fertility of the soil. As with everything that is grown organically, this allows the earth’s natural balance to be maintained, rather than stripping the land of all its nutrients.
<3h>Less harm to everyone involved
Conventionally produced cotton doesn’t only mean the potential for damage to the health of the people who work with it and their communities. There’s also the chance of the chemicals staying in the fibres, which means that once it reaches your skin, this can cause irritation, rashes, headaches and dizziness. This can be particularly harmful, when it’s young children who have these kind of materials against their skin.
Benefits our whole ecosystem
It’s not only the soil fertility and water supply that benefit from using organically produced cotton over conventional harvested crops. The earth’s ecosystem as a whole will benefit from a cleaner, more natural environment, allowing it to thrive and contribute to nature in the way it was intended to. Without doubt, using organic cotton means methods and materials which lessen the negative impact on the environment, making it a better choice all round.
Discover our range of organic cotton products
We are tremendously pleased to be doing our bit to benefit the environment and world around us by only creating products that are made completely organically.
If you would like to find out more about the range of Natures Purest clothes, toys, accessories and bedding that we provide, take a look at our website for further information. Not only are our products kind to the environment, but the use of organic materials means they’re softer, more cost effective, durable and kinder to the skin too.