Organic Cotton vs Produced Cotton

Liisa Soolepp organic cotton

What to Choose?

There is a little influencer in all of us. We face the need to decide what kind of clothes we are wearing. And buying. Whether you pick a pink or red, long or short, wide or skinny. Based on our consumption decisions we all support one or another – weather it is fast fashion or slow fashion, conventional or organic cotton, sustainable lifestyle or mass production, clothing as a necessity or a way to tell our story, show our values, support the local.

Organic Cotton Benefits

  • Organic cotton is 100% ecological
  • It feels natural and soft on the skin
  • It doesn’t cause allergies or irritation when it touches skin
  • Natural and chemical free process reduces soil and water pollution drastically
  • Organic cotton is often farmed by small independent family farms
  • It minimises harm to our planet
  • Conventional cotton prices do not reflect the hidden cost we pay

Organic Cotton Grows Naturally

Cotton is one of the most widely grown crops in the world. Chemicals used in producing cotton have tremendous impact on the nature – our air, water, soil and people. Living and working in cotton-growing areas has tremendous affect on these people. For example, according to the World Health Organization over 20 000 individuals die of cancer and miscarriages every year in developing countries as a results of chemicals sprayed on conventional cotton.

To put it simply, organic cotton on the other hand is grown without chemical pesticides and fertilisers. Conventionally produced cotton is grown with natural composts, it’s weeds are abated with either innovative machinery or hand labor, it is mostly harvested by hand. Organic cotton farming protects water quality by not using pesticides and fertilisers that are linked to groundwater contamination.It also encourages biodiversity by controlling pests with friendly insects. It’s been estimates that pesticides kill unintentionally at least 67 million birds in the States each year. On top of that, the absence of harmful chemicals in the growing process, make the work safe for the labourers.

True Cost of Organic Cotton

Initial cost of a organic knitwear  and in general, natural clothing, is way more expensive, surely. This is a touchy point, since we might oftentimes feel we don’t have that much in our hands. We would like to support local farming, design and production, but what is we just don’t have that money to spend on clothes?  Almost as if the salary makes decisions for us. Though, one can choose to buy one quality item that lasts for several years and fits with most of the other clothes, rather than buying three fast fashion products. So, in a way we still have a choice.

The long term advantages when choosing organic cotton, are priceless. Not just for the environment, but for you, for your skin. Fast fashion merchandise is priced lower, but the true cost of is is so much higher. We have chosen to make knitwear with organic cotton. We know that everything we do has an impact on something, somewhere. It might seem far from us sometimes, but we do know how connected to really are with the core. Fashion and green thinking go hand in hand for us.

If you feel an urge to digger deeper in the topic, you’re welcome to read more about organic cotton here.