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Why Organic Cotton?

Cotton is thought to be a very natural fabric, however conventional cotton-growing is one of the most chemically intensive farming operations in the world. Since cotton is one of the most widely traded commodity (nearly half of all textile products produced), conventional cotton-growing leads to massive environmental and health problems. Environmental research has shown that the extensive and intensive use of synthetic fertilizers, soil additives, defoliants and other substances used to produce conventional cotton wreaks serious havoc on soil, water, and air. These chemicals drift into neighboring communities, posing long-term health threats to people and animals.

The problems with clothing production do not stop in the field. During the conversion of cotton into clothing, numerous toxic chemicals are added at each stage as well. If only for this reason, we consider it very important to choose organic cotton with an environmentally friendly manufacturing process as well. Why organic cotton? To maintain the long term health of nature, man and animal.

Here some more reasons:

  • Cotton uses approximately 25% of the world’s insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides. (Allan Woodburn)
  • It takes roughly one-third of a pound of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to grow enough cotton for just one T-shirt.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in 2000 in the United States as “possible,” “likely,” “probable,” or “known” human carcinogens.

    What is Organic Cotton?

    Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. “Working with, not against,” nature is the principle behind organic farming. Grown without pesticides and spun without chemicals, organic farmers rely on organic fertilizers, manual crop rotation and integrated pest management. Fields are naturally fertilized, pest-eating insects are used to naturally control crop damage, and weeds are removed with hoes and tractors, as well as manually. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production.

    Organic cotton is pure, natural and more breathable for delicate skin. Grown and processed without toxic chemicals, organic cotton is free from synthetic poisons. All of our organic cotton Canboli products are also free of irritating or damaging colors and dyes.

    Additionally, on chemical-use cotton farms, farmers are constantly exposed to synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, endangering them and their families. In developing countries, poor, untrained and ill-equipped farmers are often forced to deal with the most hazardous of chemical agricultural agents. Organic farms are chemical fertilizer- and pesticide-free, keeping their soil and water protected and usable for longer periods of time.

    Where is Organic Cotton grown?

    Turkey and the United States are the leading producers of organic cotton, followed by India, Peru, Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt, Senegal, Israel, Greece, Benin and Brazil. Organic cotton is good for the environment, good for farmers and good for you.

    What does “Certified Organic” mean?

    “Certified Organic” means the cotton has been grown and processed according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations. Certification of organic cotton production adds credibility to the final product assures the buyer of the organic status of the product and encourages payment of premium prices to farmers who engage in organic practices.