Our world is laden with chemicals. Conventional cotton is grown using 25% of the world's insecticides and 10% of all pesticides, on 3% of the worlds agricultural land. Here are 3 reasons why you should be choosing organic clothing over conventional.
1. Consumer Benefits
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it is porous. It absorbs everything. Studies show that the skin will absorb on average 64% of topical creams, lotions, moisturizers. The face being several times more permeable than broad body surfaces, and a 100% absorption rate for armpits and genitals. Choosing organic cotton and hemp fabrics you are greatly reducing your exposure to chemicals commonly used in the textile industry. Chemicals such as Alkylphenols, Phthalates, Brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, Perfluorinated chemicals, and Chlorobenzenes, penetrate the skin on contact disrupting your bodies immune system. Shifting to organically grown fabric is a win-win for your body and for our mother earth. It is simply the right thing to do. More and more parents are choosing organic cotton clothing for their babies. Conventionally grown cotton is linked to all types of health conditions such as infertility, respiratory diseases, contact dermatitis, and cancer. Think about it for a second.
2. Environmental Benefits
Cotton ranks fourth in the list of most heavily fertilized crops. Conventional cotton corps are grown using chemical fertilizers made from nonrenewable sources, including fossil fuels. Chemical fertilizers do not include the decaying matter necessary to improve soil structure. Therefor it is not sustainable. Chemical fertilizers are also getting into our water table having severe impact on water quality.
Organically grown crops such as cotton and hemp are grown with out chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. They need less water and create a superior yield. By shifting to organically grown cotton you are greatly reducing your carbon foot print by avoiding all of these extremely harmful chemicals. Did you know that when conventional clothing companies are disposing of the left over fabric clippings of clothing production, it is bagged and marked as a Bio-Hazard? That's something to think about for a second.
3. More Control
Most conventional cotton is grown from GMO seed. GMO crops are developed by corporations such as Monsanto and are marketed as pest- and herbicide-resistant. The Monsanto GMO strains are built to withstand the active ingredient glyphosate. Glyphosate is commonly used in industrial agriculture. Glyphosate is a carcinogen that is linked to birth defects, obesity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other health problems. Glyphosate may rather be the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies. By shopping for organic clothing you are promoting a clean workplace for farmers, and reducing your exposure to harmful chemicals. It's important to remember that you have control over every purchase you make, and every little bit count.
There are so many reason why you should be choosing organic clothing over all. I am just highlighting a few very strong points and I encourage everyone to ask questions, and to do a bit of research. You will be surprised.
I hope that this helps you if you ever find yourself stuck between the option of organic clothing vs. conventional. I hope that this will help you make a smart decision when picking up a new t-shirt. I say, if money is power, than use your power wisely.
Thank you for reading.