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Organic Cotton – What is It? And Why Does it Make My Clothes Eco Friendly?

Organic cotton has been there for quite some time but it has only come to the lime light recently.  In fact, cultivation of cotton started as organic cotton due to a very limited demand and unavailability of chemical fertilizers and pesticides at that time.  But with the passage of time demand started increasing and due to mass production needed technological innovations such as high yielding varieties, pesticides and chemical fertilizers were developed and so the cotton crop, as we know it today, was born.  Whereas, cotton is thought to be very beneficial for people with all sorts of skin, the truth is that it is not!

So what is it that different organic cotton and the ordinary cotton that we use in the everyday lives?  Well, to be precise there is a hell lot of difference between the two.  The cotton products that we use commonly in our everyday lives combine a lot of factors which are injurious to are health and our environment.  The whole process of growing cotton as we know it today is based on practices that are harmful both for us and the environment around us.  Now we will analyze how they are harmful.

First of all, the high yielding varieties that are achieved through genetic engineering disturb the natural biodiversity and endanger the original species of plant. Secondly, cotton crop consumes a lot of minerals from the soil. It is not feasible to keep growing cotton without circulating the crop. Therefore, chemical fertilizers have to be used for continuous cropping of cotton. This causes the soil to burn and lose all its important minerals. Once this happens, there is no way of reclaiming the soil and desertification starts occurring, which means that rich soil turns into barren sands over the time.

Then there is another factor: pesticides. Because cotton is such a historical crop that has existed since time immemorial therefore it has also given enough time for the species of insects that thrive on it. These insects and pests are responsible for destroying the cotton crop and decreasing its yield or output. Therefore, chemicals called pesticides and insecticides are used to get rid of them and achieve maximum output. But these pesticides are extremely poisonous. They not only kill the harmful insects and pests but also kill the one that are useful for the crop like the ladybird.

Further, these chemical fertilizers and pesticide sprays contaminate the air. They settle in the fibres of cotton and are accumulated in them only to harm our bodies when we use them in our dresses. Secondly, the spray also endangers the livestock that are kept near the farm where the pesticide is sprayed. They poison the livestock and the poison is transferred from these kettle to us through the dairy products and meat products that we consume from these sources. These pesticides are also carried with air to the human working in the field or living near the area to poison them. And most of all they are responsible for adding greenhouse gases and destroying the ozone layer.

All these factors are the reasons why people are turning more and more to the organic cotton, again, these days. The whole concept of agriculture is reverting back to as it originally started because of the fact that it was much healthier for us and the environment. Organic cotton is obtained from all natural means of production without any usage of chemicals on any level.

First of all, there are no high yielding, bio-genetically manipulated varieties used in organic cotton to achieve high yield. Then the crop is grown on circulation basis meaning that once cotton is cultivated another crop will be cultivated from the same soil to fulfill the mineral deficiency. Thirdly, the pesticides and insecticides and all sorts of chemical fertilizers are strictly off limit for certified organic cotton as they are poisonous. The result of all these restrictions is that organic cotton contains no poisonous effects that can be harmful for people wearing them. Our environment remains safe as we do not contribute in damaging ozone layer or ruining the rich soil or killing the insects that are beneficial to the cotton crop.

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Hemp Clothes for your Green Wardrobe

Hemp is an important natural plant which has several uses to humankind. It is a prehistoric plant which means that hemp existed from the times when even the humans had not learnt to read and write and when no recorded history was available. In fact, some of the historians and archaeologists are of the view that hemp predated Stone Age and dates back somewhere to the Neolithic period. This means that hemp was potentially one of the first, if not the first, fibre that human every used to fashion themselves some sort of a dress.

Throughout the history, hemp has been an extremely useful crop for humanity which would fulfil many of his needs in daily life. Hemp has been commonly used in paper industry, bio-fuel making, cordage, making healthy foods and also for fashioning plastic which is biodegradable. However, these were only some of the uses that hemp has or had for humankind through the course of their history and it does not, at all, means that hemp was limited to fulfilling needs in these aforementioned areas. In fact, the first and the most important role of hemp for humankind was for creating dresses for themselves from hemp plant and this is still being done.

Now that we know how historically significant hemp has been right from the beginning or inception of humans, probably, we must move to the more important task which is the theme of this article as well: this means discussing the role of hemp as a fibre for fashioning out clothes and dresses and forming fabric out of it. But first we will have a brief look at the advantages of sustainability that hemp crop offers naturally to its farmers and perhaps you will be able to see why hemp is one of the most important eco-friendly fabrics that are present today.

So starting now with the advantages of sustainability that hemp crop offers to its farmers; we must say that hemp is exactly opposite to cotton, which is the most widely used fabric in the world today. Whereas the plantation of cotton is very exploitative for the soil as it consumes a lot of minerals from the soil and leaves it dead after a few cycles of continuous cultivation, hemp is actually complementing for the soil. Hemp crop takes very few minerals from the soil and more than two third of these minerals are restored back into the soil with each growth cycle of hemp.

Another advantage that hemp crop has is that unlike cotton which attracts all sorts of insects and pests to feed on it, hemp is not prone to such pest attacks and this ability is natural; not achieved through genetic manipulation. Due to this factor hemp does not rely on chemical pesticide sprays to get rid of harmful pests. This, again, makes hemp more eco-friendly and health friendly as well. The roots of hemp plant are really long as well which means that it can hold the soil very well and prevents soil erosion from wind and floods.

Sustainability and eco-friendliness are not exactly the points that everyone is looking up to as a basis of their crop selection. Everyone wants to make good money from their crop and no matter how good or bad it is to human health and environment, if it gives you good money, people will plant it. I mean look at all the poppy cultivation. Therefore, hemp has to be good on this account as well; and it is. Due to no reliance on fertilizers and pesticides the cost is down and due to almost four times greater yield than cotton on a given area, hemp is also considerably more profitable.

It has been noted that almost 80% of human clothing were fashioned from hemp fabrics until 1920s. You might be in for a shock when you come to know that your favourite jeans manufacturer – Levi Strauss – primarily used to make jeans from hemp. Many of the brands in clothing are again catching up with the trend of using hemp in their garment products due to the environment friendly nature of this fabric and also due to the profitability attached with using hemp fibre in fabrics.

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Bamboo Fiber – The Fabric of 21st Century

Bamboo Fibre – The Fabric of 21st Century

When you start thinking of bamboo you will start with imagining panda or baboon forests, landscaping and about construction industry etc. Rarely would it ever occur to you that bamboo may also have a use as a fabric, and that to an extremely exquisite one. Employing very eco-friendly and natural techniques of processing the bamboo fibre can be turned into a fabric which exceeds cotton in its softness and silk in its drape. Further advantages of bamboo fibre include inexpensiveness, durability and eco-friendliness due to the minimal amount of signature that its formation leaves on the environment; which is less than organic cotton when compared.

Apart from this, bamboo fabric can be used in all four seasons of the years and it is compatible with all sorts of skin; sensitive or not. In summers it offers features like high absorption capabilities and non-stickiness with your skin. The natural pores that exist in the bamboo fibre allow for excellent ventilation of air and therefore, bamboo cloth can keep you cool even during the hottest of the days. All these properties were associated with cotton but when we look closely they exist more in bamboo cloth than in any other fabric.

Getting bamboo for making fibre and processing it has the minimum amount of effect on the environment and therefore the fabric formed from bamboo fibre is graded green and eco-friendly. Whereas most of the forests would take as long as over 60 years for recovering completely, an average bamboo forest has the ability to fully recover in three years at max. This keeps the environmentalists away from raising slogans against it and ensures sustainability as well. With every growth cycle, the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are consumed by bamboo plants to grow up again, which means that it is actually cleaning up the environment.

Unlike cotton, which is the prime source of fabrics nowadays, there is no need of using chemical pesticides on bamboo. In fact, “bamboo kun” which is thought to be an excellent anti-bacterial substance and bacteriostasis bio-agent can be mixed with bamboo fibre during the process of its formation. This adds anti-bacterial properties to the bamboo fabric which stays on it quite permanently even after washing scores of times. And unlike the addition of anti-bacterial agents with other fabrics, bamboo kun is complementary for all skin types and does not develop any sort of irritations.

The use of bamboo fibre for making fabrics and clothes is on the rise these days. With textile industry previously been over-taken completely by the people ignorant to the environment and health of their consumers, now things are moving into the right direction. Due to the added pressure from environmental enthusiasts and growing awareness about consumer benefits, textile owners have to use eco-friendly and human health friendly materials like bamboo to fashion out clothes now. Bamboo fibre can be rich in colours and the exquisite touch of softness, absorption, durability and anti-bacterial properties make it stand out clearly among all its rivals.

Bamboo fabrics are so cool and well ventilated that they received a title of “Air-Conditioning Dress”. Bamboo fibre absorbs the sweat very well during the hot spells and is able to dry quickly. Plus it is very soft and does not get stuck with your skin during really warm and humid conditions. The ability of being processed with anti-bacterial and deodorizing substances makes it very safe for health and for use by people with all skin types. Although, unlike most of its competitors, bamboo has no long history of being used as an eco-friendly fabric yet it has become one of the most important ones in today’s context.

Bamboo fabric is really making it to the lime light now as more and more fashion designers – who call themselves eco-fashion designers – revert to bamboo fabric to be used in their fashion collections. The greatest use of bamboo fabric has been made in making baby garments and linens due to the softness and absorption that it offers. Even lingerie today is being manufactured from bamboo fabric due to its cotton like comfort and silk like feel. It is also used in fashioning yoga pants due to the kind of unique comfort it offers that you need to focus completely.

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Soy Fabric – The Vegetable Cashmere

Yes, we’ve written about soy fabric before, but we find the idea fascinating!  So we’ve done a little more research.

Our world is changing quickly and that too not in all good ways that we would have wanted to see it changing but in bad ways too.  All the anthropogenic activities have caused immense damage to the environment that we live in and that is the reason that today we live in a world that is becoming hotter by the day. If we do not become cautious today then we will leave a barren, resource less world to our next generation who will hold us responsible for destroying this world which was once beautiful. The caution has to start today and from the activities that we heedlessly perform everyday without even considering what effect they would have on our environment.

One of these heedless activities that we never ever considered to be harmful or even affecting our environment was the way we dressed and the materials that we bought as fabrics. Cotton is one of our most preferred clothing product and if we look at the cost of growing cotton and producing cotton clothes that is paid by the environment; it is immense and we totally overlook it. Right from the growth of cotton crop to the production of cotton fibre and making of cotton cloth, the practices are highly damaging to the eco-system.

When it comes to eco-friendly fabrics we hear about organic cotton again. But growing organic cotton still has considerably higher impact on the eco-system. A much more eco-friendly fabric that world is coming across now is the soy fabric. Yes, soy; which is known for the milk to be used for preparing our coffee or as an ingredient in our hand creams and the candles, can now be turned into fibre to make clothes for us which are not only very eco-friendly but also very healthy, comfortable and stylish in wearing.

What is it exactly, then, that makes soy fabric so good? Well, to start off we must look at the environmental side of it as we started with the issue of considering the environmental side with our clothing selection. Soy fabric is fashioned out of a material known as hulls of soy. This was once considered to be a waste and had to be disposed off but now it is discovered that it can be used to form soy fibre that can be used in making excellent fabric to be used by humans.

Turning a waste into something worthwhile is good for environment. Secondly, the soy fabric is completely biodegradable which can be very easily understood as we know that it is a by product of what was basically a vegetable. Then there is the fact that soy has a much lesser impact on environment and eco-system as compared to growing even the organic cotton. It takes much less off the soil and requires no pesticides, which means no damage to the eco system and to the ozone layer. Thus, we know that soy fabrics are completely eco-friendly from all aspects.

Now we must move on to the other areas that were that primary selection criteria for choosing clothing. Comfort, style and pricing. To start with, soy fabrics are extremely comfortable as they are porous in nature. This means that they do not trap air and keep your body easily ventilated all the time. This makes you sweat less even in the hot days. Then there is the quality that it is highly absorbing and quickly drying which means that even if you sweat, it will not make you feel uncomfortable like most of the man-made fabrics like polyester.

Soy fabric has amino acids in it which are responsible for making our blood circulation better. They are suitable for all skin types. Some of the research also identifies that soy fabric has collagen in it which is good for your skin.

Soy fabric is so soft and drapes so well that it has been given the title of vegetable cashmere. So if it is styling that you are looking forward to soy fabric is the fabric for you. The pricing is a bit higher than ordinary clothing but that is because of the fact that soy is obtained from all organic sources and also because of the fact that it is just a recent discovery. But I personally feel happy to pay a bit extra to keep healthy personally and to keep my environment safe.

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Eco-Friendly Fabrics

So what determines the environmental friendliness or eco-friendly materials and substances are the current buzzwords of today? Everyone is looking for materials that are not harmful to Mother Nature rather on the contrary they are complementing to the nature. In the past, the only basis of selection for our clothing was either style or price but now there is an addition to this criterion as well. Environmental friendliness has also been integrated into the criterion of cloth selection and that is the primary reason why eco-friendly fabrics are gaining prominence every day. Eco-friendly fabrics have been there for quite some time but it is now, due to increased environmental awareness, that everyone is taking interest in them.

Apart from the hue and cry raised by the environmentalists and the awareness created for saving Mother-Nature there is the factor that these eco-friendly fabrics are also better for the health of the user than using the ordinary clothes that we wear ordinarily every day. The reason for eco-friendly fabrics being better for ordinary everyday user’s health is that they are not taken from polluted sources. All eco-friendly fabrics are grown or manufactured in a very environment friendly manner which includes the condition that there is no use made of harmful chemicals like pesticides.  Why does this matter?  Intensive scientific testing has proven that the human body actually absorbs the residual chemicals from the fibers that are woven into clothing!

Some of the eco-friendly fabrics available for your better choices today are:

•  Organic cotton
•  Hemp
•  Bamboo
•  Soy (Wha?!  Yes, Soy.  See our other articles about soy.)

To make sure that the eco-friendly fabrics are really eco-friendly and not bogus claims, there are strict measures that the producers and manufacturer of such fabrics have to follow. First of all, the criterion is to use no chemicals or pesticides on your crops if you are using naturally grown material for your fabric. This constitutes to “organic”  designation.  If you are not using natural crops to make eco-friendly fabrics you should use completely biodegradable material with no harmful chemicals used in dying or other processes of fabric formation. If the material is not biodegradable it must completely obtained from recycled resources.  This is what is referred to as “sustainable” material.

The checks and balances are not only reserved for the manufacturing and pre-manufacturing part but even small things such as transportation of these materials from the country of origin to the country of consumption or processing is also brought into consideration when awarding the title of eco-friendly fabrics to any fabric. Hence, the criterion covers every aspect from plant growth to the transportation of these materials and the product that satisfies each of these standards is then titled as eco-friendly fabric.

Eco-friendly fabrics are undoubtedly better both for the consumer directly and the environment that we live in but there is one downside to these eco-friendly fabrics as well. This down side is the extra price that such materials cost to you. Growing crops such as cotton and jute without using pesticides is costly. Similarly, replacing chemicals in dying and manufacturing process makes the production of the final product more expensive than ordinary. And lastly the transportation criterion for eco-friendly fabrics also contributes in raising the cost quite a bit. This is the reason why all such eco-friendly products cost so much more than ordinary products, and eco-friendly fabrics is no exception. This limits the affordability of such materials only to the well off people.

While not every piece of fabric can lay claim to all of different “green” criteria of being sustainable,  organic or fair trade, they are all positive steps in the right direction of dressing in harmony with Earth.

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Bag the Plastic! Environmentally Friendly Shopping Bags

For the last few years humans have realized the disastrous effects of plastic bags on the planet. Plastic bags have been stuffed in our lands via landfills, in our animals – plastic bags were found in the stomach of several cows in India and have even managed to form an island – there is a large mass of discarded plastic waste floating in the Pacific Ocean!  Ick.

A lot has been done in an effort to get rid of plastic bags. Many corporate organizations and governments have attempted to them. But at the end of the day it boils down to the individual, not regulations, that will solve this problem (or any other for that matter, but that’s another topic for another day!)   As an individual you have the sole right to choose.  And your decisions can make the difference to the planet, one bag at a time.

So what’s the alternative?  What constitutes an “eco bag”?  Eco bags have always been around in the form of cloth and other sustainable materials that were used in ancient times. In the past, however,  they struggled to be cool.  While everyone would LIKE to do the right thing, not everyone looks good in Birkenstocks, carrying macrame shopping bags!   Fortunately,  a number of hip, fashionable and earth-friendly totes have come on strong to save our lands and oceans without compromising our cool factor.

Here are a few websites we’ve found that sell some trendy bags as well as other great stuff:

  • Canby.co.uk – An environmentally focused company that has been selling carbon-neutral bags made from different recyclable materials since 2002. Jute bags are one of the most popular bags on this website. Most jute bags are colorful and come with trendy designs. These jute bags are perfect for users who like to throw their bag around. These rugged bags can carry up to 20 kgs of weight. The other options are cotton bags. Also, if you have a specific design in mind this website caters to custom orders.
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Jute bags from Canby
  • Reusablebags.com – Go to their website and you’ll see a number that keeps increasing, that’s a count of the number of plastic bags used around the world in this year. Since 2002 reusablebags.com has been trying to change the “use and toss” attitude by producing eco bags that can be used over and over again. They sell a variety of shopping bags such as canvas bags, thermal bags, heavy duty bags and a large variety of lunch bags. Apart from bags you can buy reusable water bottles, lunch boxes and home products. They also have a section for eco friendly people looking for a gift for someone.

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  • Envirosax.com – Envirosax is one of the biggest brand names in the environment friendly market. Started by an Australian couple in 2004 this company has been extremely creative in designing their products and using a number of different recyclable items to make their products. Their graphic series bags are some of the most fashionable ways in which you can help save the planet. These colorfully designed bags are made of lightweight polyester and are waterproof. Other varieties offered by them are organic series bags that are made with bamboo, linen or hemp; kids series bags and greengrocer series bags.
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Bamboo bag from Envirosax “Organic” line

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Hemp – An Organic Fiber

May-22-2009
Eco Fabrics

In today’s fashion era, designers all over the world are making a marked statement with Eco-fashion or Green fashion, making clothes that best suit the environment. These 100% organic fabrics are grown without pesticides or herbicides made from synthetic products. Not only this, these 100% organic fabrics are treated without chemical dyes or bleaches. Today clothing made from organic fibers such as organic cotton, hemp, soy silk, or bamboo are largely in fashion and widely used.

Not only this, dresses such as skirts, T-shirts, scarves, and matching accessories made from these organic fabrics are included in almost every fashion show and works of different designers including Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Jil Sander, and Versace. And one such organic fiber is Hemp.

Used for making hemp curtains, valance, clothing, bags, jewelry, paper, and many more items, the stuff made from hemp material is stronger, durable, insulating and absorbent in nature. Primarily coarse in nature, the fabric was traditionally used for making ropes and canvas. After passing through the technological advancements in breeding the plant, the fabric available these days is much softer and finer and can be weaved into cloth.

Mainly processed in Romania, the European Hemp used for manufacturing home products and clothing is 100% organic in nature and is free from any kind of pesticides or chemicals. What’s more you can even dye in different shades too. You can select from a variety of products including hemp twines, ropes, fiber or fabrics to produce different products made from hemp which are not only comfortable but stylish and durable too.

But why hemp plant only? Well produced without any insecticides, this plant requires very little water to grow. The plant also doesn’t require any artificial fertilizers or synthetic herbs to grow quickly and densely. Not only this, the long and sturdy fibers of the plant make it last much longer and durable in nature.

The organic hemp plant has another characteristic too. It absorbs equal amounts of CO2 during its growing phase that will be released later when the plant is burnt for fuel or other purposes, and does not contribute to the green effect. However, due to organic properties of this plant, it is possible to substitute hemp for other material, thus reducing the effect of water pollution to a large extent. A non-combustible and non-toxic product in nature, hemp if cultivated in large quantities helps in conservation of natural resources.

However, growing of this product has been prohibited in the United States, since the report published by U.S Drug Enforcement Agency where all varieties of hemp have been classified as ‘marijuana’. The product, popularly produced as industrial hemp, is blended with organic cotton.

But this product is grown without any restrictions in other parts of the world, including Russia, England, France, Holland, Hungary, and China. This has led to manifold increase in cultivation of hemp from 50,000 tons in 90,000 tons in just a period of 4 years. However, this non-vegetable fiber is an unpopular product in US which will be grown only after the framers are reassured of not facing any prosecution from the Government’s side.

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Green Urban Clothing Brand – BrooklyNYC

May-13-2009
Eco Fabrics

Today we all like to use everything 100% natural that constitutes Nature, the source of our essential necessities. Not only this, saving nature and environment is a global initiative and one of the steps to move in this direction is to wear 100% natural or green only. This shift in trend from polyester to conventional cotton clothing has forced the designers to produce stylish garment line from 100% natural and conventional cotton fabric, providing the environmentally conscious shopper with more and more eco-friendly choices.

And one such name is BrooklyNYC a renowned green, eco-friendly brand of clothes selling 100% cotton T-shirts. All the clothes manufactured and sold at BrooklyNYC that was launched in the year 2006, are 100% environment friendly or eco-friendly in nature. Reputed as the first Green Urban Clothing Brand, BrooklyNYC uses only non-PVC water based inks for Printing. These inks are environmentally safe and totally organic in nature. Not only this, the company uses recycled material too, such as the fabric made from soda bottles and a new synthetic material made of corn.

First, let’s understand the concept of eco-friendly in the context of garment industry. Well, this term implies to the garments made from 100% natural textiles such as soy, bamboo and organic cotton grown without the use of insecticides or bug killers. The company also trades in garments made of Lycocell or wood-pulp cellulose, Ingeo, and hump making the fabric extremely soft to touch. Not only this, at BrooklyNYC they believe in crafting fair-trade garments paying workers their reasonable dues.

As already mentioned, at BrooklyNYC all the inks used for printing T-Shirts are non-PVC based plastisol inks. The inks normally used to print most synthetic garments are highly toxic in nature. The PVC ink harm humans, especially babies if they even happen to lick the T-Shirts printed in this ink. Also, if this ink is not disposed off properly, it is equally destructive for the environment too. Because of this reason, it is officially banned in most of the environment-conscious places. However, the use of the T-shirts printed with Normal” PVC Plastisol ink is very common in the US, because they are far-more economical than non-PVC inks. Also, these inks suitable for screen printing can be used for mass production of T-shirts, unlike the clothing printed with non-PVC inks, which cost a lot more, but is gaining popularity with time.

The BrooklyNYC green clothing line makes use of non-toxic water-based ink for printing. It is more expensive, both in terms of resources and time, to produce water-based inks. Not only this, it is pretty difficult using these inks to print T-shirts too, However, these inks along with being soft, can be ironed over too. Therefore, at BrooklyNYC they only use water-based inks to make their line of clothing totally Green in true respect. Their clothing line for both men and women consists of unique creative tops for men and women in eye-pleasing styles and vivid colors, produced organically using safe printing methods.

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Why we love the Big O: Organic Cotton!

Apr-14-2009
Eco Fabrics

No, I’m not talking about Oprah!  Although, we love her too!

You probably already know that cotton is most widely used crop in the worldwide textiles industry. Among the largest producers of cotton are China, the United States, India, and Turkey. However, along with the increasing demand for this crop come many heavy environmental consequences. A huge portion of these eco problems arise from the farming and harvesting of cotton as well as the manufacturing of cotton fabrics. In line with these growing global concerns, a healthier and greener alternative to clothing is making waves today – organic cotton!

What is organic cotton, anyway? If you have heard about organic veggies and meats at your local grocery store, then the same environmental principle applies with organic cotton. It has been a reported trend that farms today are going “green” with their agricultural practices, and in a way, giving the environment a break from all the toxins it’s been taking in over the years. Organic cotton is farmed in the most ecological way, without the use of harmful pesticides, genetically modified varieties, or synthetic chemical fertilizers.

Why should people opt to go “green” and choose organic cotton? Because cotton is a very in-demand crop worldwide, there is a huge dependency for farmers to use newer irrigation methods, diesel fueled machinery, as well as unnatural chemicals, herbicides, and pesticides to keep their cotton crops growing. Even in the tilling method for cotton farming, a significant percentage of land is eroded into the water systems, as reported by the Journal of Environmental Quality. The loss of soils poses a huge problem for many ecosystems. In Australia, environmental reports also mention that the massive amounts of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers used in cotton farms contribute highly to greenhouse gases. With the farming of organic cotton, however, these issues are avoided.

Organic cotton farms do not use artificial irrigation systems, and their crops are rain-fed. This greatly aids the efforts to conserve water, as well as reduces the risk of chemical leaching from irrigation systems to rivers and lakes. Also, organic cotton is harvested by hand, thereby removing the need for heavy machinery that use petroleum and that emit tons of carbon dioxide.

Another plus side of organic cotton is the issue of health safety. Since these fibers are all-natural, they are the best choice for baby’s clothing. As a matter of fact, even the farmers who work with organic cotton are kept away from health risks, as they are not exposed to toxic chemicals and noxious gases in their work place. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating here: The cotton needed to make just one regular (non-organic) cotton t-shirt requires almost 5 ounces of carcinogenic pesticides! That’s what you’re putting on your kids’ backs each morning!

There are alternatives now. There are many shops that sell organic cotton shirts, pants, linens, and other products. Some people would admit that the emerging fashion trends of today are leaning towards the “green” side. This can be seen from major global brand names promoting organic cotton such as Nike, Nordstrom, Wal-Mart, Patagonia, Marks and Spencer and many more. Reports claim that the demand for organic cotton is expected to drastically increase over the next few years. One can only begin to imagine how good this will be for the “green” movement.

So you see, cotton can do more than just be a soft material that feels good when worn. All around the world, massive environmental efforts in terms of farming for cotton and other crops are underway. Organic cotton, and green clothing will not only make you look good, but will also make the earth feel good, too. When you make a move to support organic cotton, you also give the environment more room to breathe, today, and for many generations to come. That, probably, is the best thing about wearing “green”!

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