Organic Cotton Advantages - Are You Making The Right Choice?
Cotton is the most widely used natural fibre in the world. Over half of all textiles produced consist of or contain cotton, meaning that its place within the fabric industry places a great demand on both the environment and employment in the industry, too. Because of this it’s crucial we give enough care and attention to cotton growing and manufacturing processes to lessen the impact on the environment.
Here at Isaac Anthony, we aim to put your mind at ease, and part of that involves staying true to our brand values. A big part of our brand story is our commitment to sustainable childrenswear, which is why every item of clothing in our store is made with Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton. Beyond that, there are a lot of reasons why certification matters in the organic cotton industry, so we’re taking a closer look to help you make a more informed choice.
The Natural Way
First and most importantly, organic doesn’t always mean organic. The only ‘true’ organic cotton is when it’s certified by an independent body (like GOTS or OCS) - otherwise you’re likely not getting a product that’s worth the increased markup an organic label often carries.
When you see the term ‘organic’ used to certify cotton production, like with GOTS, you can rest assured knowing that each step of your clothing’s production was free from genetic engineering. This is important because genetically engineered cotton, while resistant to certain pests, can reduce diversity in plants, leading farmers to not only become dependent on the big businesses who control the plants but also puts them at greater risk of crop failure.
Organic cotton crops, on the other hand, support biodiversity, natural crop genetic development, and locality, placing a greater amount of control within the hands of farmers and the local environment.
One of the major environmental costs of cotton production is water and cotton is often considered to be the most demanding fabric crop for water consumption. With non-organic practices, this hydration cost is coupled with large amounts of waste and water consumption rises as huge amounts of water are lost due to lack of regulation.
Organic cotton growth ensures minimal water consumption. Additionally, GOTS cotton clothing production also makes better use of rainfall, which reduces the reliance on industrial water supplies.
Perhaps the most recognisable benefit of organic cotton is the elimination of chemical pesticides. The costs of non-organic pesticides being used in the production of cotton cause harmful effects in a number of ways: damaging the environment, local wildlife, and even your skin.
If you’re looking to buy personalised organic baby clothes, this is especially important to consider, because our little ones have far greater sensitivity in their skin, and can be much more prone to reactions and sensitivity from conventional clothing.
One of the lesser talked about aspects of the non-organic cotton industry is the usage of forced and unfair labour practices. Customers tend not to associate the organic label with positive employment practices but many (notably GOTS certification), ensure that every employee who contributed to the production of a garment was employed voluntarily, operating within an assured standard of care. One of the many reasons we choose to work only with GOTS cotton!
At Isaac Anthony, we want to ensure our customers are informed with their purchases. If you would like to know more about our GOTS certified organic cotton products, please contact us by email at email@example.com.