What's the deal with organic cotton?
The first thing I noticed when I pulled-on my first organic cotton t-shirt more than 10 years ago, was how soft it felt. I remember the t-shirt well, it was brown with a yellow print design across the chest. It had a BMX rider and the picture depicted him riding across the t-shirt and morphing into a flying eagle. Fast forward to now and a few weeks ago we started buying sample products ready to launch Orior Apparel. Pulling on our t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies took me right back to those days when life was carefree and all about BMX.
So what makes organic cotton so soft, so comfortable and feel so good? Besides the fact our products are Vegan certified as well, and made in Fair Wear factories. Organic cotton is grown without harmful pesticides, in the way nature intended. More scientifically this produces longer fibres and as it is mostly hand picked there is less damage to the fibres before they are spun. Making them softer and easier to work with. As someone who suffers with sensitive skin the fact that organic cotton uses less chemicals in the growing and processing stages means less allergic reactions and skin irritations than conventional cotton and other material.
Organic cotton is also the sustainable choice of cotton. This means the way it's produced is better for the environment and for climate change. The soil association who certify organic products have a great explanation on their website and we have taken an extract to share with you below.
5 reasons organic cotton is a sustainable choice:
- Combats climate change
Organic farmers use natural methods to grow cotton, not fossil-fuel based fertilisers. By working with nature, farmers build healthy soils which store carbon and help to combat climate change. Organic cotton emits up to 46% less greenhouse gas than non-organic.
- Saves precious water
Organic cotton is better for water than conventionally produced cotton. Organic farming creates healthy soils, which act like a sponge, soaking up water during floods and holding it for longer in times of drought. Hazardous synthetic pesticides and fertilisers are banned in organic farming, so rivers, lakes and drinking water are kept cleaner too.
- Helps farmers feed their families
Organic farmers always grow other crops alongside their cotton. These crops can provide farming families and their communities with a more stable, accessible, abundant and diverse food supply and another source of income.
- Gives control to farmers not GM companies
Genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned in organic farming, so farmers are not reliant on a handful of GM companies. Instead, they save their seeds year after year, and work with the environment in a long-term, sustainable way.
- Eliminates hazardous synthetic pesticides
Organic farmers use natural methods like crop rotation to control pests and diseases, not chemical cocktails. Hazardous synthetic pesticides used in non-organic farming can damage ecosystems, poison waterways and endanger workers who can’t always afford safety equipment needed to protect them. Conventional cotton alone is responsible for 16% of all insecticides sold worldwide.
You can read the rest of their article here https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/fashion-textiles/organic-cotton/ and they have a great video you can watch too.
At Orior we are on a mission to do more to protect our planet for the future. Using organic cotton as the material of choice in our clothing is helping us to achieve this. The fact that our clothes will feel comfortable and soft will make you want to wear them more... well that’s down to mother nature, we can’t take her credit.