I’m new to the concept of blogging. This is my second blog post ever so I hope you enjoy it and you can sense our passion for organically farmed cotton. What I find fascinating is that when you look at the benefits of buying organic cotton, the facts speak for themselves. They’re powerful, shocking and frightening. About 25 percent of the world’s insecticide use and more than 10 percent of the world’s pesticide are used on conventional cotton crops. The majority of cotton production is still toxic, thirsty, and energy intensive. We have an opportunity to reverse this cycle and adjust our consumer habits.
Organic is the choice for people who are serious about sustainability. Here are 7 reasons why you should switch to organic cotton:
- Organic cotton doesn’t use toxic chemical pesticides and insecticides in its production process
- Organic cotton production uses less water, preserving a scarce and precious resource for the future
- Organic cotton farming uses less energy and healthy organic soils store more CO2
- Organic practices keep soils healthy so they are better at holding water and more resilient to drought conditions
- Growing organic enables farmers to grow other crops for food and income
- GM seed is never used in its production
- Producing organic protects the livelihoods of cotton farmers
It’s also kind to the skin, softer and more durable. It’s therefore better for you.
Ultimately, organic cotton is better for the earth. It doesn’t cost the earth.
Choosing products made with organic cotton gives you peace of mind by knowing that the items you wear or use are non-toxic to you and the environment, and don’t contribute to human rights violations.
You can also feel good about using your purchasing power to make a difference. By supporting the organic cotton industry, you can influence other brands and manufacturers to consider switching to a more regenerative supply chain.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
GOTS is the world’s leading organic textile processing standard. It’s considered to the gold standard for sustainable cotton production. It ensures that textiles are truly organic at every stage of production – from ginning (machines separating the cotton from the seeds), through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing process up to labelling of the final product.
Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets
If you had a chance to watch Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets on BBC1 last week it highlighted that conventional cotton production is one of the world’s top pollutants, resulting in a devastating impact on the environment. She talked about a dysfunctional system – getting something at the cheapest cost whatever the cost to the environment. I realise this powerful investigative reporting focused on the fashion industry (apologies to my friends who work in fashion) but it also applies to the textile industry as a whole. It will only take a slight shift in our shopping patterns and buy organic to make a difference.
Organic Cotton Bed Linen
When you buy organic bedding, you are getting a higher quality, ecologically made product. You are supporting more environmentally friendly, safe and sustainable farming processes. The benefits speak for themselves.
Linen Quarter’s bed linen products are all made from the finest 100% natural organic cotton. They’re all Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified. You really can’t buy any better.
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