Organic Cotton – an Alternative for People and the Planet
Organically produced cotton gives consumers the option to go all the way when they "go organic". Organic foods are more plentiful than ever along the aisles of supermarkets and health food stores as growing numbers of people favor a health-minded and environmentally sustainable approach to what they eat. For those who wish to carry that approach to what they wear, organic cotton is an excellent choice.
Organic cotton confers the same benefits to the planet as other organically produced agricultural products, including no pesticides and herbicides, natural fertilizers, greater energy efficiency, less soil erosion and degradation, and uncontaminated surface and ground water. Conventional cotton, on the other hand, requires substantial use of herbicides, fungicides, and defoliants, and uses twenty-five percent of the world’s pesticides, including several which are known carcinogens.
People can also benefit from wearing organic cotton, which is produced without the industrial chemicals and dyes that are used in the production of conventional cotton. People who are sensitive to chemicals or who are ill or have allergies may be especially susceptible to the chemical residue left on conventional cotton bed sheets or clothing. Organic cotton offers a safe, comfortable, and attractive alternative.
Consumer interest in organic cotton is on the rise, and sales of clothing, towels, sheets, mattresses, and pillows have increased. Worldwide, organic cotton is produced primarily in the United States and Turkey, but also in Inda, Peru, Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt, Senegal, Israel, Greece, Benin and Brazil.
Written by Amy Edmonds Secrest for KANOE