Organic Cotton vs Regular Cotton: Keeping Cotton Out Of Harm's Way

As eco-conscious decision making slowly finds it's way into our buying and selling conversations, it's about time we start thinking about what goes into making our favorite cotton products. Differences between organic and regular cotton are deeper than just the way both these crops are grown and selecting one over the other should not simply be a choice based on pricing but on impact that our purchase would have on the future of our planet and our people. Consumers often ask why they should opt for organic cotton instead of regular cotton and we thought it would be a good idea to share some key differences that make organic cotton a true 'sustainability superstar'.

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Cotton comes from a plant, and much like fruits and vegetables, cotton plant relies on different farming methods and practices which impact the environment. Regular or conventional cotton growing relies heavily on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, often using these harmful chemicals in large quantities to improve yield. Using such chemicals negatively impacts everything from soil quality to quality of life of farmers who grow the crop. Irresponsible farming methods fueled by increased demand for higher crop yield has led to meteoric rise in use of synthetic insecticides and pesticides that seep deep through the soil and find their way into the food chain. This problem is however not just localized to farmlands and these harmful chemicals slowly make their way outside their target area by water, air and soil movement. Contaminated water bodies, onset of diseases and illness, disturbed ecological balance and deteriorating farmer health are just some of the ill effects of non-organic farming.
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Growing organic cotton on the other hand starts with using untreated non-GMO cotton seeds which are then grown using only natural and biodegradable fertilizers. Use of organic fertilizers not only results in better soil health but also ensures that farmers and their families stay away from carcinogenic and hazardous chemicals. While regular cotton farming relies on using chemical herbicides for weed control, farmers that grow organic cotton often use hand hoeing to get rid off unwanted weeds. In organic farming, soil fertility is not enhanced by using chemicals but by following traditional and new-age sustainable methods such as recycling of crop residue and crops rotation. This keeps a check on air quality and prevents harmful chemicals from being air spayed in and around farms. Clean air and waterways not only impact farmer communities but also help provide a nurturing sanctuary for birds and wildlife to grow and thrive. Following all these natural farming methods result in better, longer and stronger cotton fibers that add to softness and durability typical of organic cotton products.

So next time you are shopping for cotton products, pause and ask yourself if you are making an informed decision - and we have no doubt that you will follow the right path forward!


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