EDITION 019 : FABRIC FACT

It's Organic September. But Why Wear Organic?

Prone to sipping on organic green juices, stocking up on organic produce at your local farmers market and buying organic skincare though you’re yet to make the switch to organic clothing? In light of Organic September, this week we thought we’d share with you three reasons why organic fibre farming matters. The impacts are often hard to digest so we’ve tried to simplify it by highlighting the benefits organic farming has on the environment, the wellbeing of those who produce it as well as our own health.

ENVIRONMENT

The Impacts:
• Conventional cotton farming is considered one of the most chemically dependent crops in the world, using 10 percent of all agricultural chemicals and 25 percent of the world’s insecticides. These toxins end up in our water supply and cause severe health issues for farmers.
• 4112 cups of water are used to produce one non-organic cotton shirt.

The Solution:
• Organic fibres are grown with natural fertilisers like compost and manure which protect the land, the farmer and wearer. Win win win.
• Organic cotton farming uses 60% less water than conventional cotton farming.

Let’s go back to basics and work with the worlds natural resources not against them.

WELLBEING

The Impacts:
• Astonishingly enough 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed

The Solution:
• Certified organic clothing ensures that a garment will not off-gas (yup, just like toxic paints do) chemicals or dyes that can impact all of your body’s basic systems
• Organic Cotton is Hypoallergenic, it does not cause any allergy or irritation when it touches human skin

Protect your skin and wear these Organic Cotton T-Shirts not toxic ones.

FAIRTRADE

The Impacts:
• It has been estimated by the World Health Organisation that 20,000 cotton workers die each year from chemical contamination. 
• Genetically Modified (GM) cotton costs farmers twice as much to produce than organic cotton, however Greenpeace research in 2009 showed that GM Bt Cotton did not result in significantly higher yields. Farmer debts have been linked with the ever growing number of farmer suicides that account for 11.2% of all suicides in India.

The Solution:
• By avoiding toxic pesticides cotton workers benefit by alleviating the associated health problems and deaths common in non-organic cotton production.
• Avoiding pesticides reduces production costs and farmer debts as the plants become self sufficient.

Let’s look after the farmers and their land and make it a sustainable business for all.

CONCLUSION

In a nutshell, not only is organic cotton better for the environment along with the wellbeing of ourselves and the individuals who produce it; in an economical sense organic cotton lasts longer, is non-allergenic and if anything else, feels way more luxurious than the non-organic variety.

Check out our favourite organic fashion finds below and get inspired to take the leap, here: Organic Clothing on THE-ACEY


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