We already know that choosing organic cotton is better for ourselves and our bodies. What a lot of us don’t realize is how much more positive the impact can be when we choose organically grown cotton over conventionally grown cotton. Organic cotton farming uses methods that are not only better for the environment but are also healthier for people farming it. Below, we share some of the reasons why Grund chooses to use organic and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified cotton for our products.
For those who weren’t aware, conventionally grown cotton is one of the most chemically treated crops. Conventional grown cotton has been linked with the use of toxic chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. This method of farming can increase the amount of harmful chemicals that end up in the ground, water, air, and even the food supply. This not only negatively affects the environment, but the farmers working with the crops as well. Farmers applying chemicals and pesticides to conventionally grown cotton can become sick because of their exposure to these harmful toxins. Which in turn, can result in health consequences that range from asthma to even cancer.
So, what options do we have to get the same quality of cotton without the toxins? Organic cotton farming.
Unlike conventionally grown cotton farming, organic cotton farming uses methods that avoid toxic pesticides. These farmers turn to more natural ways of reducing pests by using materials like garlic, hydrogen, neem oil, and vinegar.
Since healthy soil means healthy ecosystems and people, organic cotton farmers prioritize keeping their soil healthy and harmful toxins out. They do so by using natural fertilizers and methods like composting, mulching, and crop rotation as their essential practices. These methods maintain the health of the soil and reduce the likelihood of erosion. While organic cotton farming uses more water initially, the sustainable practices of the farmers eventually results in an increase of the capacity of the soil to retain moisture. With all of this in mind, organic cotton farming is the environmentally responsible way to cultivate cotton.
The farmers of organic cotton not only benefit from the economic yields of the crop, but also experience healthier and safer work lives. By using organic cotton farming methods, these farmers reduce the risk of exposure to the toxic chemicals that are in synthetic pesticides.
When you choose to purchase organic cotton products, you are taking a major step toward protecting not only ourselves and our families, but also farmers, larger farming communities, and the environment as a whole.