Sunday, March 21, 2010

You Can’t Eat Organic Cotton….

Many of us understand the importance of, and regularly spend extra money, on organic food. But we often forget, or are unsure of, the importance of choosing organic textiles. For those of us who need a little reminder, here is a quick refresher course on the importance of organic textiles, and in particular, organic cotton.

Threefish Baby Hat

Like organic food crops, organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production.

About 25 percent of the world’s insecticide use and more than 10 percent of the world’s pesticide goes to cotton crops. Some of these chemicals are considered to be the most toxic chemicals in the world. The health risks of pesticide exposure include birth defects, reproductive disorders and weaker immune systems.

Funchi Baby Bootie

Pesticides, bleaches, and other harsh chemicals can remain in the fibers of cotton even after washing, and are easily absorbed by our skin. Our children are the most sensitive to chemical exposure and their immune systems are not equipped to handle toxin overload. Not only is the conventional cotton "crop" exposed to a multitude of chemicals, but during the process of converting raw cotton into finished textiles, chemicals such as petroleum scours, softeners, brighteners, heavy metals, flame and soil retardants, ammonia and formaldehyde, are added to the product. Choosing organic cotton products can help lessen the effects of these toxins on your child's system.

Organic Quilt Company Blanket Set

Wearing clothes, and choosing products, that are inherently chemical-free is just plain good for you and those you love. And when it comes right down to it, some of us do ‘eat’ organic cotton!

Ecoleeko Teether

Written by: Becky of the Organic Quilt Company


lilgreenshop said...

Thanks for this great clear and concise reminder Becky!

marijke bongers said...

Great post! this is why I have open studio two days a week. To make sustainable yarns and fibre more accessable to a larger public!
thanks for sharing!