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Question: Why should you use Organic Cotton for your baby and your clothing?
In this post I will try to provide you with interesting and disturbing, information and statistics concerning conventional cotton farming procedures – as well as outlining the benefits of organic cotton. If you ever needed a reason to use organic cotton, read the rest of this post!
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a very little impact on the environment. Here are some facts and figures that show the damage that is done by conventional cotton farming to the environment, livestock and humans.
Cotton provides almost half of the worlds fibre needs, and is perceived by most people as a “natural” product. Although cotton crops worldwide use only 2.5% of the available agricultural cropped area, it uses nearly 25% of the all the insecticides used, and 11% of all the pesticides used. (Allan Woodburn)
Problems caused by pesticide use include the following:
- reduced soil fertility
- frequent water pollution
- reduced biodiversity in the surrounding areas
- wild animal and livestock poisoning.
Even more distrurbing: 20,000 people in developing countries die (yes, I said DIE) every year from poisoning by agricultural pesticides and 3 million suffer acute or reproductive after effects. (PAN-UK) I find these statistics very alarming!
In the U.S., it takes nearly a third of a pound of chemicals to grow enough cotton for one t-shirt. It is estimated that less than 10% of the chemicals applied to cotton are accomplishing their tasks, the rest are absorbed into the plant, air, soil, water and eventually, our bodies. (SCP)
The Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in 2000 in the United States as “possible,” “likely,” “probable,” or “known” human carcinogens (acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos, and trifluralin). (EPA)
Additionally, cotton seeds are used for cotton seed oil, a cornerstone of many processed foods. Many of us will eventually EAT the carginogens mentioned above.
“Working with, not against,” nature is the principle behind organic farming. Grown without pesticides and spun without chemicals, organic cotton farmers rely on organic fertilizers, manual crop rotation and integrated pest management. Organic cotton fields are naturally fertilized, insects are used to naturally control crops, and weeds are removed with hoes, as well as manually. Farms earn the organic label by using soil that has been free of synthetic pesticides for at least three consecutive years. Beneficial insects, natural cattle manure, chilli, garlic, and alfalfa are some of the ingredients used in organic farming.
Organic Cotton is best for your children because:
- The rapidly developing bodies and immature immune systems of babies and children can benefit greatly from pure, organic cotton products.
- Organic cotton feels softer, because the cotton fibres are left intact and not broken down by the chemicals used in the farming and processing conventional cotton.
- Organic cotton smells cleaner because it is not finished with formaldehyde.
- Organic cotton is less likely to trigger allergies through the absence of harmful chemicals and increased breathablity of organic cotton.
I think that we can all agree that the polutants all around us, surely play a part in the alarming and seemingly increasing instances of cancer, asthma and allergies (one of my children has severe and life threatening allergy). Using organic cotton products can and will make a difference not just for our planet (it’s taking a huge beating), but for animals and humans too!
By choosing organic you are providing your Children with the healthiest, softest clothing you could possibly buy!
More importantly though you are:
- helping the environment
- helping to save lives
Allen Woodburn Associates Ltd./Managing Resources Ltd., “Cotton: The Crop and its Agrochemicals Market,” 1995.
Sustainable Cotton Project, “Cleaner Cotton Campaign Tool Kit,” Oroville, CA.
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, “List of Chemicals Evaluated for Carcinogenic Potential,” 2001.
Pesticide Action Network (PAN UK) – Organic cotton – A practical guide to the UK market
Today I am giving away an Organic Baby Romper from Parade. The rompers are part of the new PURE collection by Parade. They are made using certified organic cotton and produced in sweatshop free enviroments using fairtrade.
One piece heaven. So comfy for baby at home or out on the town. Available in pear green, dirt brown or mandarin orange with natural pocket and trim. Cost $26.50 USD / $28.00 CAD (This price is in line with many of the leading designer brands and quality manufacturers).
To be eligible to win please leave a comment AND let me now how you feel about organic cotton now, is cheap (often means sweatshops) still more important?