When buying cotton shirts, most of us don't give a lot of thought to the type of cotton used. So why should you choose organic cotton clothing?
Enormous amounts of pesticides are used to grow conventional cotton. When workers hand-pick conventionally-grown cotton, they are exposed to these toxic chemicals. And, whether conventional cotton is hand-picked or machine-picked, those toxic pesticides can seep into the water supply. This is frightening because pesticide use has been linked to birth defects, weakened immune systems, and other illnesses. Conventional cotton production also requires enormous amounts of water, which has its own environmental impact.
In contrast, pesticides and fertilizers are not used when growing organic cotton. This means that when you choose organic cotton for clothing, you can feel good about your choice, knowing that you are supporting both the environment and the organic farmers who are dedicated to providing a more environmentally-friendly option.
In addition to the environmental benefits of organic cotton, it also creates softer, more durable and longer-lasting clothing. With organic cotton, the raw material is washed in hot water and vegetable-based soaps, rather than in harsh chemicals. Because the cotton fibers in organic cotton are not weakened by chemicals, the resulting clothing is more comfortable when worn. People with sensitivities to residual chemicals in clothing made with conventional cotton are often pleasantly surprised to find they don't have that problem when they wear clothes made with organic cotton.
The next time you shop for a women shirt, pay attention to the label and choose materials such as organic cotton, hemp, and recycled materials. In doing so, you will both feel good about what you wear, and wear what you care about.
At Goose Organic, we are as committed to your comfort as we are to quality and sustainability. To learn more, and to browse our selection of environmentally-friendly clothing, visit us at www.gooseorganic.com.