Hi Everyone and welcome to December! As promised in my previous post on USDA Organic Requirements I have gathered information on organic clothing and why you should consider this option when out shopping for clothes for yourself or your little ones.
This article will discuss my 8 reasons why you should buy organic clothing.
The biggest percentage of organic clothing is manufactured from organic cotton. Each day we come into contact with cotton products. These products range from the clothes we wear the bed sheets we use to even the foods we eat. Organic cotton is grown and manufactured without toxic pesticides, fertilizers, and industrial chemicals. Biological control of insects and weeding machinery are some methods used in organic cotton farming to avoid the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. Organically grown cotton accounts for less than 1% of cotton produced worldwide.
Growing and manufacturing cotton conventionally is cheaper compared to organic cotton. But remember growing cotton conventionally demands the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers harmful to our health besides having a negative impact on our environment. Though conventional cotton growing is cheap, we must answer critical questions about its effects on our health and environment. This article will highlight 8 reasons why you should buy organic clothing mainly made from organic cotton.
1. Conserving the environment
When you buy clothing made from organic cotton, you are preserving the environment. Nearly 25% of the world insecticides and 10% of pesticides are used in used in cotton farming. No wonder cotton is referred to as the ‘dirty crop”. These toxic chemicals end up in our groundwater and other water bodies. The chemicals are a significant cause of death of thousands of birds and other wildlife each year.
These chemicals are toxic to wildlife, consumers and the farmers. Factory workers are not left out either; they breathe toxic chemicals used in the processing of conventional cotton. The WHO estimates deaths arising from pesticide poisoning each year in the developing countries to 20,000 deaths. In the US, an estimate of 10,000 farmers die each year due to cancers related to these agricultural chemicals. According to data from the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 67 million birds die each year because of pesticide poisoning.
When it rains, run-off water directs these pesticides to the rivers, dams, lakes, and oceans, this information is backed by the increasing discovery of pesticide residues in farm animals, foods and breast milk. The chemicals are carcinogenic and besides causing cancers in adults; they are a leading cause of congenital disabilities in newborns.
2. Comfortable to wear
We experience the effects of non-organic clothing daily. Skin irritation, headaches, rashes, and dizziness are some of the most common effects of chemical residues trapped in these clothing. If you buy and use organic clothing, the risk of this ill-effects is eliminated.
Today the number of leading fashion houses and brands promoting organic clothing is increasing. For example, H&M has become the chief buyer of organic cotton.
3. Safe for our children
Babies are one of the most treasured things in the world. In their tender age, children’s skin is susceptible and can be harmed by toxic chemicals in non-organic fabrics. Organic cotton clothing is very comfortable for the baby’s skins and less likely to cause any allergies. We all value the health and well-being of our children, so I encourage you to consider buying organic baby girl/boy clothes. Most parents are using organic foods for their children, but are they aware of the dangers synthetic and non-organic clothing pose to the health and welfare of their children? I know I didn’t until doing the research on this topic, quite an eye opener!
Your child will enjoy quality uninterrupted sleep when they put on organic clothing since it’s breathable and soft. When shopping for clothes for your child consider the fabric.
4. Ensuring the food chain is pesticide-free
Most consumers are not aware that convection cotton products end up on our plates. Many foods have ingredients from cotton. Cottonseed oil is used to make vitamin E. It is also the principal ingredient in Crisco. Cottonseed meal is used in the manufacture of animal feeds for our dairy and beef industry. Cotton cellulose fibers are utilized as food additives. This cellulose is also to stabilize and thicken as several foods we consume daily like cheese, ice-cream, soups, processed fruits, milk powder, pizzas yogurt, oats, etc. Cellulose is also used to make high-fiber and low-calorie foods as a filler since our bodies can’t digest cellulose. It’s used in weight loss products. Ensuring these derivatives are from organic cotton will help to eliminate the toxic agricultural chemical from polluting our foods.
5. Less synthetic clothing
By purchasing organic clothing, you will wear less nylon, polyester or clothes made from non-organic cotton. These fabrics are manufactured through processes that use harmful chemicals that affect our health. Besides, microfibers from these fabrics end up in our water after washing the clothes. They have a negative impact on marine life and water quality. These contaminants end up in seafood such as crab and fish and can be traced in sea salt.
6. Improving the livelihoods of organic cotton farmers
Buying organic clothing helps in affording a market for organic products such as organic cotton clothing. Besides, we are preserving the health of these farmers since they are not in contact with toxic pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides used in the production of conventional cotton.
7. Safe and high-quality products
Research has established that organic clothing is safe for children. Since organic cotton is grown without pesticides and herbicides, the plants are grown naturally preserving all their nutrients. Besides, since organic cotton is natural, it’s mold resistant, antimicrobial and smooth. This illustrates that you are getting a high-quality products that will last long.
8. Promoting workers’ rights
Individuals working in cotton farms are human, and their rights must be respected. When you buy organic clothing, the workers will get decent pay since organic products attract a better price in the market. In addition, you are advancing the welfare of the workers since they will not be exposed to toxic agricultural chemicals harmful to their health. Both industrial and farm workers will work in safe conditions free from pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and chemicals used in the manufacture of non-organic fabrics.
These are some of the main advantages of buying organic clothing. Purchasing organic clothing is fit for our bodies, farm and industrial workers, wildlife and the environment.
As always I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.