Wear the beautiful feel of cotton knowing you're not hurting the eco system. Organic cotton t-shirts are produced from rain-fed cotton usually, using less water and zero pesticides, herbicides and insecticides.
Because of what organic cotton t-shirts don't contain, they is a perfect for people with sensitive or allergic skin. Conventional cotton uses 25% of the world’s insecticides. Not just the US, but the world. Regular cotton also uses 10% of the world’s pesticides. From seeds and after, chemicals are a continuous part of the growing process.
Organic cotton not only doesn’t use pesticides, but it uses less water since it is a rotation crop. When crops are rotated, the soil maintains its nutrients and thus can retain water better. Regular cotton is usually the sole crop planted. Cotton depletes the soil, and leaves the soil incapable of holding water. Mass irrigation happens on regular cotton and uses 3,000 cubic meters more of water per acre to grow than organic cotton. Most organic cotton is rain-fed and not irrigated, so helps to save water in these times where over one third of the world’s population does not have clean drinking water.
Water is a precious commodity and organic cotton farmers recognize the importance of this and we are proud to be able to bring you products that feel good and do a little good for the world. Organic cotton does not compromise the look or feel of regular cotton. You can still wear your organic-cotton-t-shirts around the house, out on the town and you may walk a little prouder knowing how it was grown.
Another plus is that organic cotton farms keep lots of people employed. The weeds are hand picked to keep the ground viable, instead of dumping mass amounts of chemicals on the land, which can have the unfortunate effect of getting caught in the wind and poisoning workers, ground water and the animals that depend on the ground water. Think of 67 million birds per year falling to their deaths because they have ingested toxic pesticides. Pesticides used on regular cotton have been labeled possible, likely or probably known human carcinogens. What that means is that they can cause all sorts of cancer, they are endocrine disrupters, can cause developmental disabilities in children. As many as 20,000 deaths per year are attributed to accidental pesticide poisoning.
Organic farmers maintain a balance between pests and natural predators through healthy soil and crop rotation, or using a variety of crops. They even plant “trap”crops to entice the bad insects away from the cotton. Organic farmers also wait for seasonal freezes to defoliate the plants, or they use water management to stimulate defoliation. Conventional farmers use more than 200 different types of chemicals just to manufacture the cotton.
One of the controversial issues in the US today is the use of GMO’s or Genetically Modified Organisms. Europe and Japan refuse US products with GMO’s or they have to be labeled clearly stating thus. The US has no such labeling systems, so you could be eating GMO’s and not even knowing it. We don’t know the long-term effects of GMO's on humans. GMO’s could turn out to be another case like DDT. Conventional cotton uses up to 70% GMO seeds. GMO’s were developed to be resistant to certain insects so less pesticides would be needed. The problem that developed is that secondary insect infestations have far surpassed the primary infestations that would have happened if they hadn’t tinkered with the seeds. Some growers say they use even more pesticides with GMO’s than they did without.
Right now, only 1% of the cotton market is organic. Your economic vote matters a lot. The more organic cotton that’s bought, the more will be made. Maybe one day, we will eradicate conventional cotton for good and the world will be safer and cleaner for all.