What is the difference between organic cotton and conventional cotton?
As more and more people cotton on (no pun intended) to the rising awareness that organic cotton is better for you, I thought I would share with you the reasons why!
We know about the health benefits of buying organic food and using friendlier cleaning products but what about the benefits of organic cotton clothing and linens?
In this case, my focus is on hand loomed Turkish towels. Organic cotton is grown in a way that is much kinder to our environment, uses far less water and is a growing system that replenishes and maintains soil fertility while excluding genetic modification.
But of course the main benefit of organic cotton is the crops aren’t treated with pesticides, insecticides or herbicides.
Can you believe 25% of the world insecticides and 10% of pesticides are used on conventional cotton. Can you imagine how much chemical usage that actually equates to? These toxins are harmful for the farmers, the workers, the river systems, groundwater and entire wildlife eco-systems. They are harmful to our earth.
Oh and what about us, the consumer? Tests on conventional clothing have revealed residues of chemicals. We’ve all heard about formaldehyde in clothing coming from China.
And yet, less than one percent of all cotton grown is organic.
Organic fibres consistently produce better quality yarns than conventional cotton. This is one of the reasons Aegean Loom’s hand woven towels are better; one person on one loom crafts the fibre. By buying organic cotton you are making a statement that you care about our environment and about the other people the inhabit our planet. You should feel good about that!