Organic cotton: 5 benefits You never knew about
Organic cotton, A touch of nature.
Today, We're bringing to you some benefits of using organic cotton by comparing it to the harm non-organic cotton can cause.
- If you look at your baby's drawer, you'll probably notice a lot of cute colorful clothes. Whether you choose them purposely or not, there is a reason why synthetic brands are still in the business: They're popular!
But if you want your kid to live healthily, you need to start paying more attention to what goes into your child's drawer, taking more attention to materials before looks. Clothing affects your baby's skin health, especially newborns since their sensitive skin will be exposed to cotton all day.
You may or may not be aware of the non-synthetic clothes, and if you do, you're probably wondering whether they're worth the hype or not, and the answer is yes, best believe they are!
Cotton itself is traditionally considered one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics. Swaddles, bodysuits, and baby rompers made from this fabric are perfect for any time of the year, they do not cause allergies, and they are durable enough.
Because cotton clothes are breathable, they can be worn in warm weather and still be comfortable because they do not trap heat and allows moisture to evaporate.
But because cotton is difficult to iron and can change its shape when washed wrongly, elastane or polyester and other chemicals are often added to cotton items. These chemicals are made with petrochemicals and can damage your little one's skin health and cause allergies and irritations.
Additionally, synthetic fleece drops tiny plastic pieces called microfibers when we wash them at home and is proven to impact water quality and aquatic life. These contaminants exist in animals like crabs and fish: and can even find their way into sea salt!
Protect your newborn
Synthetic cotton is produced in very unhealthy environments. Across the production chain, manufacturers use harmful chemicals to protect their cotton from agriculture's toxic pesticides, toxic dyes, and many other treatments with chemicals. Farmers & manufacturers use all these treating chemicals because it makes their life easier. But all these harmful toxins can end up on your child's skin.
These substances may damage even your fully grown-up body, let alone your newborn's defenseless skin. Many studies linked agricultural pesticide and plastic usage as potential triggers for food allergies, obesity, and even Alzheimer's.
What's even more dangerous is that many manufacturers market these harmful toxins as beneficial to your child. For example, fire retardants accumulating in the human body, leading to damage in nervous and reproductive systems and impairing thyroid function!
And if being exposed to such small amounts of toxins can cause all of this, I will let you imagine what it is like in the production chain.
While we don't have data on toxins concentration in cotton factories, many studies on retail stores, Greenpeace studied the air quality inside retail stores. Their study was shocking!
They found that storefronts air had 20 to 60 times PFCs as in Greenpeace’s office rooms, and 1000 times higher than urban outdoor air!
PFCs were first found in the '50s to make fabrics grease/water-resistant, studies proved, later on, to be linked to cancer, organ damage, endocrine disruption, and reproductive harm.
Protect the environment
Cotton itself is a thirsty plant. Since the industry is also so big, cotton production alone consumes about 2.6% of the world's water footprint! That is more than yearly drinkable water consumption in some countries!
Not only this, 20 percent of industrial water pollution is due to textile dyeing and the treatment of cotton.
By following GOTS guidelines, organic cotton consumes 20% less water, and of course, doesn't cause any harm to the environment.
Keep the earth a beautiful place for your child to grow in.
Protect the farmer
We usually forget that farmers are also human beings looking to live happily with their little families. Organic cotton farmers and their families live gracefully in healthy environments. Because they're not exposed to toxic chemicals all time, Farmers can retain a sound body, and their children grow peacefully healthy.
And oh yeah, they make more profit from organic cotton production because they cut the middlemen off.
Another advantage for them is that they can safely grow food next to their organic cotton farm without worry, which is also helpful for the land health.
Protect the workers
Reviewers at GOTs consider worker human right. they make sure there are no discrimination, excessive work hours, child labor in any point of the production chain.
They also make sure that every worker has a stable and safe job with a fair wage.
Higher quality products
Premium organic cotton paired with the fair working condition leads to the production of higher quality products. Additionally, the processing, manufacturing, and trading stages are all auditing.