Why is Organic Cotton Better for the Environment

I have been researching over the last few weeks. I’ve become fascinated with the world of organic textiles and this is the last of a series of three posts dedicated to it.

This time, I want to focus the attention to Organic Cotton. 

What is organic cotton?

Organic cotton is like regular cotton, but better. Better in the way that it has been grown and cultivated without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers; these methods have a low impact on the environment,  keeping mother earth and us happier.

“Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.” – Organic Cotton Plus

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Sample provided by Organic Cotton Plus

In the last decade, organic produce has been more and more popular mostly among the green and environmentally friendly millennial consumer. But it has taken a little longer for many to realize the importance of organic crops not only for the food we consume but also for the products we wear and use every day. I reached out to the experts in Organic Cotton in the USA, to learn more about the organic textile industry, Organic Cotton Plus.

According to Organic Cotton plus “U.S. organic cotton production continues to increase, encouraged by consumer and corporate demand, price premiums, and regulatory shifts that facilitate clear labeling for organic cotton products”. the production of conventional cotton has a huge impact on the environment as it relies heavily on chemicals. “These chemicals have tremendous impact on the earth’s air, water, soil, and the health of people in cotton-growing areas. They are among the most toxic chemicals as classified by the Environmental Protection Agency”. It is our duty as consumers, and as members of this earth to make sure our resources are long lasting and stable not only for us but for future generations.

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Organic Cotton Plus is located in Lubbock, Texas, not far from Houston where I am located. They are 5th generation of cotton growers, and in 1991 they became one of the first farms to be organic cotton certified in the country.

Today, through production both in the US and overseas, we have increased our line of fabrics to include knits, eco­dyed fabrics, notions, and much more. In addition, we became the first fabric retailer in the U.S. to be fully GOTS-certified­ right through packing in our warehouse.

So I don’t know you, but now I know exactly where to go if I need organic cotton. They have a fantastic selection of organic fabrics ranging from cotton to hemp* to wool and silk, and a few add-ons in between. You can find everything from conventional to modern designs and an array of colors to choose from.  Their selection is fantastic, and it is all available online.

Hemp, now that I mention Hemp, let me also talk a little about that controversial and sometimes misunderstood fabric.

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Hemp (from Old English haenep) is a commonly used term for high-growing varieties of the Cannabis plant and its products, which include fiber, oil, and seed. Hemp is refined into products such as hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, soap, rope, cord, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel.
Suggested uses: 100% Hemp and Hemp Blend fabrics may be used in place of any other fabric for outerwear, heavy duty work wear, adults’ and children’s clothing, bedding, table linens, home decor and window treatments.

Hemp is controversial because it comes from cannabis. But keep in mind the variety of the plant used for this purposes, and the methods use to extract the fibers have nothing to do with the other type of cannabis you sometimes might think of. It is a very durable fabric due to the heavy duty fiber and it is sometimes used for home decor. At Organic Cotton Plus you can find hemp rope, canvas and twine as well as a small selection of fabrics.

Another cool thing you can find at Organic Cotton Plus is a selection of green, eco-friendly, chemical-free fabric detergents & cleaners!  This is a brilliant add-on, as not only you can make sure you ‘consume’ organic and chemical free fabrics for your clothing, bedding, and textiles but you can also clean them while keeping your conscience clean!

Overall I am very impressed with the quality of their textiles. I am also convinced organic fabrics are a staple in my home from now on whenever the option is available. A sample of organic cotton was provided by them for the purposes of this post. The quality is superb. Super soft and silky to the touch. It washes well and maintains its brightness.

I loved the Heritage Print Sateen! made with 100% organic cotton, in color: grey/white with a soft hand-drawn linear design. Organic cotton grown and woven in India and printed in USA using water-based inks.

Great fabric for bedding, quilting, comforters, duvets, tableware, home decor, window treatments, and apparel. – See more at: http://organiccottonplus.com/products/sateen-60-heritage-print#sthash.xQQOMqvq.dpuf

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To learn more about organic fabrics, you can visit Organic Cotton Plus Learning Center 
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