Organic Cotton Clothing- The Staple of Organic Clothes

November 22, 2012

Value and Health of Organic Cotton Clothing

Cotton fibers have great qualities: it breathes, making it comfortable and healthy in hot weather. It protects from UV rays. It can be finished to different quality of softness and without chemicals, it is pleasant to the skin.  Most importantly, organic cotton is safe  for the skin, your body largest organ. Organic cotton is widely embraced by holistic practitioners as having positive “chi” or energy, which can benefit people – especially those suffering or recovering from illness. Listen to the interview with Alina Bartell below.

Many people with chemical sensitivities can wear organic cotton clothing but are unable to wear conventional cotton due to allergic reactions to the dyes and chemical traces it contains. See the information at the bottom of the page about toxicity of pesticides used in conventional cotton. Eco-friendly processing used in manufacturing of organic clothing does not compromise workers’ health and helps reduce water and electric use and toxic runoff, e.g. non-chlorine bleach, silicon-free softeners and low impact, azo-free dyes.

Environment: Cotton is one of the most polluted crops on earth, perhaps due to a wrong perception as a non-food crop, causing a significant risk to our freshwater.  Picture these numbers: cotton uses 24% of global insecticides market but at the same time, its acreage amounts to only 2.4% of the world’s cultivated land.

Well…  It is obvious that the pesticide use for cotton way out of proportion, where all nine pesticides used on cotton in the U.S. are classified by the U.S. EPA as Category I and II- the most dangerous chemicals were originally developed as toxic nerve agents during WWII and they have been linked to many forms of cancers. Some are 60 times more toxic that DDT! EPA considers 7 of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton as “likely” or “known” human carcinogens.

Thanks to Natural Clothing Company in Snohomish for supplying the information regarding organic cotton visit them at their shop if you are local, or shop online. Natural Clothing Company can be found on this website at http://greenbusinessdirectorysnohomishcounty.com/listings/clothing.

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