Organic Cotton is Better
Organic Cotton? Organic is not just for food?
Cotton, and more generally natural fibers used to make fabrics, are in scope of the Organic production system too.
In relation with the textile sector, the raw materials concerned by the Organic standards are cotton, silk, linen, and wool.
And as for the food products, of which the benefits of Organic growing are quite well known, for Cotton and the other fibers dedicated to the textile industry, the benefits of Organic farming over conventional farming can be tremendous.
Organic Farming is…
…a production method respecting farming standards for environmental protection and animal welfare.
It promotes using of ecological processes and inputs, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions over using artificial chemicals and heavy tillage.
In its website dedicated to Organic Cotton, Textile Exchange illustrates as follow the operating and benefits of the Organic Farming:
The case of Cotton …
… is of major importance since Cotton is by far the natural fiber the most used in the apparel industry.
In 2010, Cotton on its own accounted for 33% of world apparel fiber consumption, when all the other natural fibers together accounted for only 7% (Flax, Wool, Cellulosic Fibers).
Conventional Cotton heavily relies on synthetic chemicals …
… it uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of the world’s pesticides.
Source: ICAC Expert Panel on Social, Environmental and Economic Performance (SEEP) 2010. Pesticide use in cotton in Australia, Brazil, India, Turkey and the USA.
Some of these products are scientifically proven causes of cancers and other diseases, and many other are suspected to be.
In addition, plagues develop resistance to these products in a matter of years, forcing the farmers and companies to use bigger quantities and more harmful products.
There are significant differences between organic and conventional cotton when it comes to how the cotton is grown (without toxic or persistent chemicals) – which impacts our land, water and the farmers who grow the cotton, and to Origamo’s belief the end customer.
Organic Cotton is better!
Better for the environment, locally and globally!
In 2014, Textile Exchange commissioned a Life Cycle Assessment on Organic Cotton and found the following significant, measurable, environmental benefits compared to conventional Cotton:
Organic Cotton is better for the people!
Not using toxic chemical in Organic farming:
- Keep the farmers safe when working in the fields, this is all the more important when cotton is hand-picked like it is the case for Origamo’s Organic Pima.
- Preserve the local food and water supply systems from contamination and pollution.
Organic Cotton (and Organic Farming in general) usually comes with fairer working condition for field and farm workers, and better wages thanks to the organic premium.
- 65% of the Organic Cotton Producer Groups have Fair trade or decent work policies.
- 84% of the Organic Cotton Producer Groups report community benefits associated with Organic Cotton
Sources: “aboutorganiccotton.org, Textile Exchange” Organic Cotton Sustainability Assessment – summary of findings.
Origamo Pacific Polo collection is 100% Organic Pima cotton from Peru.