Organic cotton carries persistently a rather scratchy and alternative image – unjustly. The organic version offers even the self-serving wearer advantages. However it does not harm one’s good conscience either. Following four reasons why there should be more organic cotton hanging in your closet.
1) Quality & high wear comfort
Organic cotton is still an exclusive product. Only 1 percent of the world cotton production is ecologically produced – around 250’000 tons per year (compared to 25.6 million tons totally). The organic cotton is superior not only in its durability and its tensile strength, but also in its high wear comfort. The cloth is characterized by its breathable structure and huddles more comfortably against the skin than conventional cotton.
2) Skin compatibility
The breathable structure also benefits the skin, especially on hot days. Furthermore, no toxic chemicals are being used during the cultivation of organic cotton. Conventional cotton is treated with pesticides of any kind and later on chemically defoliated with herbicides, which can cause allergic reactions – especially with tight sitting clothing. Whoever needs to put up with sensitive skin should rather pick the organic version.
3) A natural alternative
The extraction of conventional cotton is a rather poisonous process. For each shirt the farmer uses about 150 grams of chemicals on his acre. The usage of chemicals might kill parasites, but it also kills beneficial animals and microorganisms. The cultivation of organic cotton abstains from the use of toxic substances. The farmers work in harmony with nature by using natural fertilizers and other plants to get rid of parasites. Furthermore, they often harvest the organic cotton by hand and don’t make use of chemical defoliation.
4) Health and financial independence for farmers
The renunciation of toxic substances has also a positive effect on the farmer’s quality of life. Not only are the chemicals the root of a variety of diseases; more than 10’000 people die each year due to accidents with chemical sprays – only within the production of cotton.
Through crop rotation, long-term soil fertility is ensured and farmers are more diversified and can cultivate other food, fitting the season.
Economically, the farmers profit by not having to raise a credit for chemicals and genetically engineered seeds. Genetically engineered seeds are often used for the conventional cultivation of cotton. They are double as expensive than unmodified seeds and only sold by a license agreement – they need to be bought regularly, even if own seeds are available. Despite the promise of the resistant, manipulated seeds, the farmers regularly need to use pesticides. Expenses for seeds and pesticides can often only be paid with a credit – these credits are lent by the sellers of seed (with an interest rate premium often up to 25%).
It is time to see organic cotton not only as an investment for the good conscience, but also as a product which offers its wearer an added value of quality, health and comfort. We are convinced of the benefits of organic cotton and use 100% certified organic cotton for our high-quality, classic CARPASUS men’s business shirts. Learn more about our production with our traceability tool, which shows the exact route of the shirt – from the cotton field to the sewing.