This is really valid question that we get asked here at Tluxe, bearing in mind we only use GOTS certified organic cotton in our range. Instinctively as consumers we understand that eating fresh produce that is chemical free will lead to better health outcomes but when wE think about choosing our clothing it can seem a little less critical, until you take a closer look.
“Conventional cotton producers use as much as 25 percent of the world’s insecticides and more than 10 percent of the world’s pesticides; an incredible amount for one just one crop” (huffington post). Cotton is not a food crop so there is less regulation around the chemicals used to produce it, which leads to an alarming rate of highly toxic substances being used.
Seven out of the 15 most carcinogenic chemicals known to man are used to grow cotton (EPA). This high use of pesticides poisons our air, water and soil, and has a severe impact on ecosystems, causing harm to plants, animals and humans.
It’s evident that conventional cotton farming is detrimental to our health and the health of the environment, making organic cotton the natural alternative. Organically grown cotton does't use pesticides and organic farming practices also take better care of the land, utlilising farming techniques such as hand weeding and crop rotation to keep the soil healthy and fertile.
When we buy organic cotton we shift the demand to a more sustainable environmentally friendly alternative using less pollutants and chemicals.
How wonderful that we have the power to make an informed choice that can make such a difference!