The future is green and at Weird Fish full of Organic Cotton Clothing! Organic Cotton is a sustainable alternative to traditional cotton, boasting many benefits for you and the planet, here are 3 reasons why we love Organic Cotton!
A Brief History of Cotton
Cotton has been used for centuries as a material to produce clothing and its use traces back over 7000 years. It is a natural material produced in hot countries, the seeds are planted in the Spring, grown over the Summer months and picked in the Autumn. The first cotton gin, the tool used to separate the cotton fluff from the plant seeds was invented in India in the 13th century. There are four different types of cotton, Pima Cotton, Egyptian Cotton, Upland Cotton and Organic Cotton.
What is Organic Cotton?
Organic Cotton is any type of cotton that has been grown without the use of harmful chemicals such as pesticides or chemicals in the soil. As the soil isn’t full of chemicals, it is of better quality it can absorb water well. Organic Cotton uses 80% rainwater instead of irrigated water used by other, traditional farming methods.
Organic Cotton Clothing is Good for the Planet
The Textile Exchange back in 2014 assessed the benefits of Organic Cotton and found a number of benefits from the reduced energy usage, less irrigation needed and reduced chemicals.
Benefits included, potential benefits of:
- A reduced impact on Global Warming by 46%
- Water consumption reduced by 91%
- A reduction in over fertilisation of soil by 26%
- Energy use reduced by 62%
It’s kind to your skin
As Organic Cotton has no nasty chemicals used in its production, it is better for your skin, particularly for those with sensitive skin, children and those with allergies. It is also more durable and softer than traditionally produced cotton meaning you are kept nice and cosy!
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It is a natural, biodegradable material
There isn’t much more that we can add to this, but you know you’re doing the planet some good if your clothes can naturally degrade and is renewable!