Posted on June 07 2016
Sustainability appears to be taking the fashion industry by storm, producing a new following of conscientious shoppers seeking high-quality clothing with an ethical story. Here at Beaumont Organic we’re dedicated to using organic fibres in our fair trade clothing ranges, and one of our most commonly used is organic cotton.
So here are our 3 main reasons why choosing organic cotton is better!
1. Better for the Environment
Coming second only to the oil industry, the fashion industry has become one of the most polluting industries on the planet. A huge source of this is the non-organic cotton industry, using 25% of the insecticides and 10% of the pesticides produced globally. Organic fibres on the other hand, are grown without the use of these toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. By avoiding the use of these pesticides , we also avoid the poisoning of rivers and wildlife, as well as the death of a shocking estimated 16,000 people every year!
2. Better for Workers
The social conditions for cotton farmers around the world can be extremely difficult, with many subjected to poor trade terms, poverty and health problems. The burden of pesticide debt has also resulted in many suicides across the developing world. With the organic cotton, we avoid the use of toxic pesticides and therefore eradicate the associated health problems and deaths common in non-organic cotton production, as well as reducing the production costs and debts for the cotton farmers.
3. Better for you
By eliminating the toxic chemicals that are used in non-organic cotton production, we are able to produce garments that don't contain allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemical residues. When inhaled or absorbed through the skin, these residues have been known to cause skins rashes, allergies and even respiratory problems! Alongside this, organic cotton offers a superior softness when compared to non-organic, as well as being extremely durable and long lasting - meaning that you get to keep all of your favourite pieces for much longer, saving money in the mean time!