Conventional Cotton Clothes Vs Organic Cotton Clothes


“I try to apply the organic concept to my clothes and bedding as well. There’s nothing like swimming in organic cotton sheets” – Woody Harrelson


Conventional Cotton Clothes Vs Organic Cotton Clothes

Readers will find information on organic cotton on my blog articles, here is conventional cotton clothing versus organic cotton clothing facts.

Conventional Cotton Clothes Organic Cotton Clothes
Ø  Conventional cotton clothes are mostly made from GMO cotton.

Ø  Conventional cotton clothes are made from cotton grown with seeds treated to fungicide and insecticides

Ø  Conventional cotton clothes are made from cotton grown with the use of synthetic and toxic fertilizers and pesticides. Use arial sprays.

Ø  Conventional cotton clothes are made from cotton grown using methods and materials that are harmful for the environment.

Ø  Due to heavy fertilizer and pesticides use soil devoid of all organic matter that depletes and degrades soil’s value. Some of the most toxic pesticides are used for cotton crop cultivation.

Ø  Conventional cotton clothes are made from cotton that promotes mono-crop culture and leads to loss of soil

Ø  Conventional cotton destroys weeds by the use of chemicals

Ø  Conventional cotton large amount of water for cultivation and considered as intensive irrigation crop.

Ø  Convention cotton crop growing methods are harmful to agricultural communities because of the use of most toxic chemicals as fertilizers and pesticides.

Ø  Due to toxins used to grow conventional cotton, it kills the natural habitation.

Ø  Defoliation is done with the help of chemicals.

Ø  Conventional cotton does not need any third party certification as it uses no special methods for production.  

Ø  Conventional cotton is grown on regular farmland

Ø  Extensive run off of soil and chemicals ends up in the rivers and fresh water sources.  This leads to nitrogen contaminated lakes, rivers, and oceans which causes death of fish and other aquatic species

Ø  Conventional cotton clothes are mostly treated with conventional dyes and chemicals while processing the fabric.

Ø  Conventional cotton clothes are cheaper compared to organic cotton clothes because of mass production methods used for cotton crop and clothing production.

Ø  Top ten conventional cotton growing countries in order of rank are China, India, United States, Pakistan, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Australia, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Greece.

Ø  Organic cotton clothes are never made from GMO cotton

Ø  Organic cotton clothes are made from cotton grown with untreated seeds

Ø  Organic cotton clothes are made from cotton grown without the use of toxic fertilizers and pesticides, instead natural methods of fertilizing are used.

Ø  Organic cotton clothes are made from cotton grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment.

Ø  Organic cotton production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.

Ø  Organic cotton clothes are made from cotton that promotes crop rotation and builds strong, and fertile soil.

Ø  Organic cotton control weeds by physical removal and hand hoeing.

Ø  Organic cotton uses lesser amount of water as compared to conventional cotton. More organic matter in soil helps retain water.

Ø  Organic cotton growing methods are health friendly to agricultural community. They do not pose harm to human life as natural ways are used to cultivate the crops. 

Ø  Natural means used to grow organic cotton helps natural habitat growth.

Ø  Organic cotton crops use natural ways for defoliation.

Ø  Third-party certification verify that organic producers use methods and materials allowed in organic production.

Ø   Organic cotton crop needs the land to be detoxified for cultivation

Ø  For organic cotton crops, farmers use organic methods, which has a positive impact on our earth by saving ecosystems, soil fertility, and our health.

Ø  Organic cotton clothes are treated with non-toxic and low impact dyeing methods. Fabric is free from toxic finishes likes formaldehyde etc. and are safer for the sensitive skin people.

Ø  Organic cotton is more expensive than conventional cotton because its production takes more time, skill, and hands-on labor

Ø  Organic cotton was grown in 20 countries worldwide in 2010-11 led by India and including (in order of rank): Syria, China, Turkey, United States, Tanzania, Egypt, Mali, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Pakistan, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Benin, Paraguay, Israel, Tajikistan, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Senegal. Approximately 219,000 farmers grew the fiber. According to the 2014 Organic Market Report from Textile Exchange, global sales of organic cotton products reached an estimated $15.7 billion in 2014, up 10 percent from 2013.

See report for conventional cotton production statics.

See report for organic cotton production statics.

To be sure a product really is organic from field to finished product, look out for below symbols:

  GOTS symbol: Product grown and processed to organic standards. Products carrying the GOTS symbol are made from organic fibers, have met strict environmental and social criteria during processing and have been certified by an independent, third party along the whole supply chain.
Find out more about GOTS…
  Soil Association symbol: Product certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard by Soil Association Certification Ltd. The Soil Association was a founder member of GOTS and is a quarter owner of Global Standard GmbH which manages the GOTS.
Find out more about the Soil Association…
  OE100 symbol: Cotton in the product grown to organic standards. Product has been tracked and traced along the supply chain by an independent, third party. Contains 100% certified organic cotton fiber, but hasn’t necessarily been processed to organic standards.
  OE blended symbol: Product contains a minimum 5% of organic cotton fiber.

Organic cotton clothing will cause fewer allergies, reduced respiratory problems Organic crops are generally far more flavorful, since they contain many more nutrients. A person’s mouth can actually taste the difference between God’s goodness and man’s folly. For the environmentalists out there, growing organically embraces the ideal that agriculture should meet the needs of the present without harming future generations.

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