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Cotton | Organic Cotton- What's the difference? (and what is GOTS?)


Cotton.

You sleep on it, you dry yourself with it, you're probably wearing it right now. Cotton represents nearly half the fibre used in the Global Textile Industry.

Cotton is sometimes referred to as white gold because of how lucrative it is for developing nations.

Sadly, Cotton also has a dark side.


Water

Cotton is by far the thirstiest crop in the world! To grow cotton for just one T-Shirt uses enough water for one person to drink for 900 days.


Pesticides

Production of conventional cotton accounts for 16% of the worlds insecticides. Pesticides affect far more than the land they are sprayed on, they harm the waterways and cause illness in local communities


It's not all doom and gloom, however. Even some cotton production that is not recognized as organic is still ethically sourced and sustainably grown.


What makes Organic Cotton, Organic?

Organic cotton is grown without pesticides, from seeds which have not been genetically modified. Organic farming practices avoid using harmful chemicals while aiming for environmental sustainability and the use of fewer resources.

"By seeking out organic cotton alternatives to everyday products, you can quickly act ethically and sustainably by encouraging the production of cotton grown without pesticides and reduce harm for the planet and people!"

Chemical-Free agricultural land even stays fertile longer than land that is constantly bombarded by pesticides.


What is GOTS?

Organizations, such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), work hard to make sure organic textiles enhance (or at least do not harm) people’s lives.

GOTS covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of textiles, ensuring that both environmental and social standards, such as safe and hygienic working conditions, no workplace discrimination and fair pay rates, are respected.


By seeking out organic cotton alternatives to everyday products, you can quickly act ethically and sustainably by encouraging the production of cotton grown without pesticides and reduce harm for the planet and people!


Want to save the world?

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Sources:

https://goodonyou.eco/know-your-product-a-quick-guide-to-organic-cotton/

https://global-standard.org/


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