Cotton is more than likely the most popular fabric all over the world at this point. It accounts for more than half of all fiber needs. However, that doesn’t mean all cotton is created equally.
Regular cotton is often grown from seeds that have been genetically modified. Biological engineers will figure out ways to make them more resistant to insects, which in turn necessitates the use of increasingly strong pesticides in order to keep up with bugs that learn to adapt to the unique challenges presented by GMO crops. The end result isn’t good for the environment nor for the consumer.
Fortunately, there’s a better way to make clothing. Organic cotton doesn’t suffer from many of these drawbacks.
Purity is the Key Difference
In most cases, regular cotton is grown in the same fields repeatedly without making allowances for crop rotation. This removes nutrients and, in turn, leads to lower crop yields. Industrial-scale farming operations will often heavily irrigate crops to counteract this effect. While that does work to at least some degree, it also wastes a great deal of water in the process and necessitates an increasing amount of fertilizer use to put up with the fact that this kind of farming practice doesn’t produce the healthiest plants.
Over time, this creates a strain of cotton fibers that are relatively inexpensive but aren’t at all pure. Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers, which means that it doesn’t suffer from the same problems. Farmers periodically rotate their crops when working with organic agricultural practices, which means that nutrients will naturally remain in the water for a longer period of time. This produces healthier crops that don’t have to be irrigated nearly as much as other cotton strains would.
Perhaps the most notable change comes in the way that weeding is done. If organic cotton farmers run into weeds that are attempting to choke out their crops, then they simply use traditional hand tools to deal with the problem. Regular cotton farmers have worked with chemical engineers to develop a number of solutions that deal with this issue much more quickly, but the end result is that some of these chemicals will make their way into the fabric in the end. A number of other growth compounds have been added to regular cotton plants over time as well.
At OrganicApparel USA, we’re also committed to using organic dyes as opposed to the many various synthetic ones that have dominated the market for so long. We have Oeko-tex standard 100 fabric and yarn dying certificates, which help to illustrate just how different our workflows are from many other organizations.
Choosing Organic Cotton for Your Clothing
Some consumers claim that there is a number of health benefits attached to using exclusively organic cotton. You don’t have to retool your entire operation to experience these advantages and capture this segment of the market, however. Simply contact us online today and one of our representatives will help you find a manufacturing and shipping schedule that works for you.