Organic Cotton, Luxury or Necessity?
I believe that we all agree that consuming organic food is the key to better, healthy and prosperous life. We all virtually aware of the expected consequences of taking in regularly pesticide-laden food on our well-being. But what about organic cloths and more specifically organic cotton? Is it really important to wear organic cotton? These question and others are very common nowadays as most people don't grasp the full extent of having organic wardrobe and the negative impacts of non organic cloths on health as well as environment. We will shed light here on the benefits of organic cotton and the hidden facts about non organic or conventional cotton.
First of all, even though the pesticide factor constitutes a big incentive to consider buying organic cloths, it doesn't tell the whole story. Conventional cotton undergoes multiple chemical processes to reach the final form where it is ready for cutting. It goes without saying that these industrial treatments like chemical dyes have negative effects on health in the long run. On the other hand,the production process of organic cotton doesn't involve the use of chemicals as cotton is either left natural or dyed with natural colorants like clay or in some cases with eco-friendly dyes.
Moving to the health part of the story. For holistic health enthusiasts, it's already an established fact that organic cotton has positive energy that may help ill people recover from ailments. This highly regarded fiber by holistic practitioners has also more tangible advantages like being the natural choice of people who are allergic to the chemical substances used in the production process of conventional cotton. Large percentage of these people who develop such allergies are babies and kids.
From an environment perspective, non organic cotton farming is very hazardous to our environment as it consumes about a quarter of the amount of pesticides used worldwide. This huge amount of hazardous materials finds its way to our cloths and sadly to our food too. For instance, cottonseed oil is considered a staple in many less developing countries like Mali and the extensive use of pesticides in cultivation puts those people's health at serious risk.
So, when you choose organic cotton, you are not only doing yourself a favor but also contributing positively to the global efforts of maintaining a healthy environment. Support organic farms and encourage non organic ones to take the move by choosing organic cotton and not conventional cotton. Hopefully, this will help get us closer and closer to our dream of having a health, green and pesticide-free planet.
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