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  • Why Organic Cotton?
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Why Organic Cotton?

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Cotton was not always infused with pesticides. However, in an attempt to improve process and increase the throughput of cotton crop, pesticides (PCBs, Dioxins, DDT) that were developed as nerve toxins in WWII were used to improve crop yield. Even though some of these dangerous pesticides are banned in North America and Europe - they continue to be used in developing nations.

Now conventional cotton farms world over use 25% for the world's pesticides.
That’s just bad news no matter how it’s sliced and diced.

crop duster
Here’s how:
Among 15 unfavourable, yet popular pesticides used on cotton crop, five of them (cyanide, dicofol, naled, propargite, and trifluralin) are documented carcinogens. These and another 4 popular pesticides used on cotton crop are classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as dangerous and toxic chemicals. Many are Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) – pesticides that do not break down easily and eventually make their way to the water supply and affect aquatic organisms and the ecosystem.

Even worse, during processing the cotton crop is subject to chlorine, bleach, heavy metal dyes and formaldehyde.

cotton pod
That's an alarming amount of skin irritating gunk and residue in cotton fabric that's closest to skin, shrouding your body and your baby's body. Some symptoms of chemical residue in conventional cotton fabric - rashes, eczema, dryness, irritation and inflamed skin.

The horror story of conventional cotton does not end there. In the process of farming in many developing nations, farmers are exposed to these dangerous pesticides and suffer deteriorating health issues, or worse - death. According to the WHO, pesticide poisoning is accountable for about 20,000 deaths annually around the world.

Organic cotton is truly the more socially responsible and healthy option, for you and the environment.
Here’s why
  • Organic cotton is regulated by the Global Organic Textile Organization (GOTS). As part of being certified, it is required to be absolutely free of pesticides and other poisons when the crop is grown.
  • When harvested and processed, it is not bleached or chemically treated.
  • Less garbage goes down the drain to pollute the environment or affect your skin health.

That’s really a win-win situation.

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