This is an example of a situation where the pros outweigh the cons by 100%. Only a little bit of research will tell you that the organic option for cotton is the clear choice for the future. Not only is it better for the environment, but it’s better for the workers who farm it and for the people who consume it.
So what defines organic cotton
Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides or fertilisers. So how do they keep the pests at bay? A few clever tactics that include methods such as beneficial insect releases that help naturally deter bad insects, strip cutting of alfalfa – which attracts insects to keep them away from the cotton crops, and crop rotation to prevent the build up of bad bugs. Farms have to use these organic methods for three years or more until they receive organic certification.
What is so bad about conventional cotton
Conventional cotton crops use 25% of the world insecticide use and 10% of the world pesticides. Horrifyingly, this chemical cocktail is made from some of the most toxic chemicals in the world. This toxic waste leaches into soil and water systems, damaging ecosystems and the environment.
A lot of these crops are still hand picked, so this method is affecting cotton industry workers all over the world. Health risks that include birth defects, reproductive disorders and weaker immune systems. And don’t think that it stops there, these chemicals follow through to the finished product such as clothing and food items that contain cotton seed.
So next time, have a closer look at the label
it’s a no brainer, go organic.