I have always been an advocate for cotton, mostly because of the way it feels when worn. Its breathable, soft texture is a stark contrast to the synthetic and abrasive sensations of other materials, like denim or lycra. But, more importantly, I love that cotton can easily be produced into wearable organic material. And, as a bonus, there are health benefits to wearing organic cotton, beyond the obvious benefits to the environment and sustainability. What are these benefits, you may ask? Well, organic cotton causes less skin irritation, is more durable and comes with quality assurance. Here’s how.1. Organic Cotton wont cause chemically induced irritations other material does
Nowadays, more and more individuals with sensitive skin, are presenting to their local GP with skin irritations, dermatitis, eczema and other rashes, as well as headaches and dizziness, all caused by the materials they were wearing. It turns out, the pesticides and herbicides used for growing non-organic cotton cling to the fibres, even after they have been washed and spun into material, and as a result, cause patients all over the globe to develop these skin irritations*. These chemical induced irritations are simply non-existent when wearing organic cotton.2. Organic Cotton is more durable
Also, allowing the cotton to grow in a chemical free environment, causes the plant to become hardier. As a result, the cotton fibres do not erode under the pesticides and therefore can be spun into a more durable material for the consumer. Of course, this means more bang for your buck because you are buying a better-quality product; one which won’t stretch or shrink or become thin after too many washes.
3. Organic Cotton is environmentally friendly and better for farmers
Organic cotton is grown and certified to the same standards as the organic food you eat. This means that no harmful synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers are used in the farming of the cotton. Rather, farmers work to sustain the health of the soils and natural ecosystems of the environment to get the best out of their crops. By minimising the manmade contributions to the crop, they are allowing the plant to do its natural processes and are therefore producing a better-quality product. Obviously, these conditions are also better for the global environment as well as the farmer, as they are not exposed to the harmful toxins of pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
4. All our Organic Cotton products meet Global Standards
Converting the cotton into a wearable material is also done organically and must meet the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The GOTS was developed in 2005 with the aim of assuring the consumer that the product that they are wearing was produced, manufactured and even labelled in an organic manner**. This stems right through to the dyes and washes which are included in the product when it is being turned into t-shirts, knickers, tights etc.
So, the benefits of buying organic cotton are clear: it’s less irritating to the skin; allows the skin to breath; it’s comfortable; it’s environmentally friendly and better for the farmers; it’s quality tested, and it’s durable which means it saves you money in the long run. So, what are you waiting for?
Visit Sooti Organics’ shop now, to start reaping the benefits of organic cotton.
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Global Organic Textile Standard. (2016). [online].
*Hall, K. (2018). Why Should we Choose Organic Cotton?, The Green Hub Online, [online].