It is a renewable resource and better for the
Unlike synthetic or man-made fibres cotton is naturally grown from a crop which is then harvested and spun into fabric. This makes it much more environmentally friendly than man-made fabrics like polyester. Polyester is made in part from petroleum and derived from oil – a fossil fuel and non-renewable resource. Polyester is made using PET – the same compound used to make plastic bottles. The annual global production of textile grade virgin polyester is estimated to require about 70 million barrels of oil. By choosing natural fabrics it helps prevent some of the negative environmental costs associated with oil extraction.
Organic cotton improves biodiversity in farming by reducing exposure to insecticides, pesticides and other chemicals. Compared to conventional farming methods organic farming practices have shown a much wider range of organisms present and greater soil health.
Organic cotton is a natural fabric and can be washed without microplastics entering the ecosystem
Clothing made from synthetic fabrics like polyester and acrylic shed microplastics every time they are washed. These microplastics are making their way into our water sources, rivers and oceans and can take hundreds of years to biodegrade. About 14% of all plastic created is used to make synthetic fibres, principally for clothing so the scale of the problem is huge. If the fashion industry continues as it is, between the years 2015 and 2050, 22 million tonnes of microfibres will enter our oceans. One way can prevent this is by choosing natural fabrics like organic cotton instead of synthetic fabrics.
Organic farming methods protect cotton farmers
Organic cotton differs from non-organic cotton as it is grown without synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilisers, or genetically modified (GM) seeds. By reducing exposure to insecticides, pesticides and other chemicals it benefits the health and safety of farmers and their communities. This also protects rivers and waterways from possible chemical contamination keeping water safe for the community.
Organic cotton is biodegradable
We currently have an unsustainable level of clothing and textiles entering landfill across the world. An estimated £140 million worth (around 350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year.
Organic cotton will biodegrade naturally which reduces the need for landfill. A 100% cotton item can take between one week and five months to decompose. This is much better for the environment than synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon take anywhere between 20 and 200 years to biodegrade. Other ways to prevent clothing from going to landfill is to take care of your clothes and learn how to fix them.
It feels good on your skin
Last but not least organic cotton feels comfortable, soft and is kind on the skin. As a natural fabric it is breathable and being made without chemicals mean it is perfect for even the most sensitive skin.
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