Organic is becoming a bit of a buzzword in the fabric world lately, but what is organic cotton exactly?
What is meant by organic cotton?
Cotton makes up 25% of all fibres globally, and it’s a fundamental fabric used in fashion (and not only) worldwide. However, just 1% of cotton is certified as organic. Conventional cotton is grown using GMO seeds, copious pesticides, and larger amounts of water (Yikes!).
Organic farming is a holistic based approach that protects the health of people and our planet. It is focused on achieving optimum soil health, and it does this by prohibiting the use of GMO seeds and synthetic toxic pesticides and fertilisers.
Instead, an emphasis is placed on crop rotation, encouraging biodiversity and the use of natural fertilisers. Overall, this makes growing and wearing organic fabrics better for the environment, both for the farmers and the people wearing them.
Advantages of choosing organic cotton
Soil health is essential to our Earth’s survival and the crucial role that carbon sinks play in reversing climate change. Although 2% of all farmland is used globally for cotton, research claims that 16% of all pesticides sold is used just on cotton. Many of them are highly toxic and labelled as hazardous by the World Health Organisation. So cotton farmers and people, vegetation and animals living in the surrounding land are at risk of severe health problems.
Traditional farming methods mean that land is frequently stripped of its nutrients: the soil is less likely to absorb and use the water it is irrigated with, making it a very thirsty process. Genetically modified seeds are prohibited under organic standards, and synthetic and toxic pesticides are not needed. The Textile Exchange reported that organic farming has proved 46% reduced global warming potential. It is estimated that in order to produce a cotton t-shirt, 1,982 gallons of water is saved through organic farming methods.
Keep in mind that the skin is our biggest organ, and we want to be kind to our wellbeing and health. Choosing organic fabric will do well not only for our planet but for you too. And finally, guilt-free shopping is good for your mood!
Printing on organic cotton
Cotton that is not certified organic is classified as conventional cotton. Cotton is either handpicked, or machine picked. Organic cotton is completely handpicked, preserving the purity of every fibre and ensuring that no fibre is damaged in the process.
Therefore, organic cotton products are softer than conventional cotton because of their longer fibres. Does being softer mean the fabric will be more delicate and weaker
Absolutely not! Being handpicked ensures fibres don’t get broken, resulting in more resistant and durable products. Printing on organic cotton is extremely easy as the fabric is resistant but soft.
So now you have the down-low on organic cotton. Why not choose it for your next project? Browse our organic cotton and choose a wonderful design by one of our independent artists. Or if you are looking to take your brand to the organic side you can upload your designs too and get them printed on organic cotton.