The simple answer is … it’s safer for your family and our environment!
There are literally millions of products on the market today that contain a potentially toxic cocktail of synthetic ingredients that are masquerading as natural products. Products that declare themselves as ‘natural’ sometimes contain very few or even no natural ingredients. There is no legislation to govern the terms used in particularly skin care products. The food we eat is riddled with a bevy of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides,
It’s common sense; organic food is good food. Good to eat, good for the environment, good for the small-scale farmers and farm workers who produce it. By the year 2000, the USDA estimates that half of all U.S. farm products will come from only 1% of the farms. The EPA says that agriculture is responsible for 70% of the pollution to the country’s rivers and streams caused by chemicals, erosion, and animal waste runoff. Organic farming may be one of the last ways to keep both ecosystems and rural communities healthy and alive.
Small-scale organic farmers finance innovative research designed to reduce agricultural impact on the environment. They preserve biodiversity by collecting seeds and growing heirloom varieties of plants. They naturally enrich the soil with manure and compost. They rotate crops in the fields and plant cover crops to stop weeds, nutrient leaching, and erosion. Consumer demand is a powerful force for change. Between 1989 and 1996 sales of organic products increased 20 percent annually. Every food category now has an organic alternative and more non-food crops are grown organically.
For products we sleep in, use in our bathrooms, walk on… what we know is that Cotton is everywhere – clothing, towels, sheets, blankets, area rugs even diapers and feminine hygiene products. It’s used more than any other natural fiber including wool. The cotton industry produces an estimated 20 million bales of cotton a year. It’s ironic that the “fabric of our lives,” as the commercial goes, uses more chemicals in its production than any other human grown plant. Pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides, many of which are known cancer causing agents, are being sprayed over large amounts of land and polluting our water.
Thankfully there is an alternative. Some cotton growers are switching from the conventional way of growing cotton to growing it organically. There are many differences between conventional and organic cotton and they start from the very beginning of the growing process – soil preparation. Conventional farmers use synthetic fertilizers. After a few years the soil becomes saturated with fertilizers and will “burn” the crops. This causes the soil to be rendered useless. Not only will the farmer have to stop using the farm land for growing cotton, but it’s also not fit to grow any other kind of plant either. Organic farmers use organic matter for fertilizing and they rotate their crops each year to avoid zapping the soil of its minerals.
Some conventional cotton farmers have started to use genetically modified seeds. These seeds cause the plant to grow faster and to yield more cotton than natural cotton plants. Organic farmers use only 100% natural seeds.
There are many pests to the cotton plant. Insects and weeds alike are a constant threat to the growing cotton. Conventional farmers combat these issues with insecticides and pesticides. The insecticides not only kill off the unwanted bugs, but also the beneficial ones as well. Most of these contain known cancer causing agents. These chemicals can end up in our water supply and can build up in humans and animals. Organic farmers don’t use these harmful chemicals.
Choosing organic cotton is a healthy choice not only because it’s better for our environment, but also because when we’re wearing it close to our bodies(sheets, towels, clothing, blankets, baby items) we will not be absorbing all of those poisonous chemicals that went in to the making of the product. Thankfully the apparel industry is also seeing how important this is and you can now buy many products that are made from organic cotton. When we by organic cotton we are supporting the efforts of the farmers that are trying to make a difference in their community and on our planet.
Technically, bamboo is classified as a grass, not a tree. And bamboo wasn’t used in fabric until the 20th century (thanks China!).
Bamboo looks very similar to cotton before it’s turned into a fabric. But it has several benefits that cotton doesn’t have.
First, bamboo is excellent for wicking moisture away from your skin. If you want to stay dry at night try bamboo sheets, they will work far better than cotton.
Second, bamboo has amazing anti-microbial properties. This means that it naturally resists molds and fungus. This is good news, especially if you have bamboo clothing for workouts and runs. It also helps kills bacteria on your own skin, which means you don’t get as stinky yourself!
Another benefit to bamboo is its sustainability. Because it’s so fast growing (maturing in just 3-4 months), it’s easy to get a large harvest in a short amount of time. And, bamboo doesn’t need pesticides and chemicals to thrive like cotton does. So, there are no ill-effects on the environment.
Bamboo is often used in fair trade fabrics because it grows in many third-world countries. This means that when you buy fair-trade bamboo clothing or gifts, you’re helping support people who really need it.
It’s also an incredibly soft fabric. I’ve got on a pair of bamboo socks as I write this, and they’re definitely my favorite pair. The reason is because bamboo feels like a perfect blend between silk and cotton.
Bamboo is also hypo-allergenic. So if you’re allergic to some fabrics like wool or nylon, you’re not going to be allergic to bamboo.
So in conclusion, if you still have doubt as to why you should switch to organic, just look into your children’s eyes… it will all become so clear!