What are the benefits of choosing organic cotton?
Sustainability is evidently one of the biggest buzzwords at the moment - and for a pretty good reason. During the last 5 years, we’ve witnessed a collective shift towards natural and organic fibers that are better for us and the environment.
Fashion connoisseurs have been actively trying to take the eco-conscious route incorporating organic cotton sleepwear and ethically-made apparel into loungewear rotation. But what makes this fiber so coveted despite its seemingly high cost? Are there any real benefits of withstanding conventional cotton and choosing organic?
Ahead is all the information you’ll need to understand why organic cotton is hailed as a more sustainable option, when it comes to your all-year-round loungewear stalwarts.
The limitations of conventional cotton
Before we dive deep into the disadvantages of regular cotton, it’s important to mention that both options are natural fibers. The main difference is that while regular cotton is produced with genetically modified seeds (GMOs), and disproportionate use of pesticides and fertilisers, organic cotton is made without toxic chemicals and grows naturally, without the use of GMOs.
Conventional cotton harms the environment
Here are some not-so-glamorous statistics to take into consideration. In general, global cotton production requires over 250 billion tons of water annually. If that wasn’t enough, 43 million tons of pesticide-laden dust coming from regular cotton is blown into the air every year. And unfortunately it only gets worse from here on.
Did you know that it takes 10,000 liters of water to produce 1 kilo of cotton? To put this into perspective, we would need 2,700 liters to make 1 cotton t-shirt. Now, let’s think about the fact that 27 million tons of cotton are produced globally in a year with more than US$2 billion’s worth of chemicals sprayed on the world’s cotton crop yearly.
A recent study about the rainwater in a Brazilian cotton region discovered that rainwater contained 19 different pesticides (12 of which were used in conventional cotton production).
Unfortunately, the billion-dollar cotton industry has also affected the Aral Sea. Almost 20,000 liters of water are withdrawn from the Aral Sea for every kilogram of cotton harvested. In 2022, the Sea has now shrunk to 10% of its former volume.
Conventional cotton harms the farmers
Pesticide Action Network UK pointed out that “Nearly 1,000 people die every day from acute pesticide poisoning and many more suffer from chronic ill health.” This is sadly not the only reason why regular cotton is unethical.
The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) discovered “Unremitting exploitation, multiple cases of rights abuses including the forced labor of tens of thousands of children, as well as the suppression of free media combined with the use of an many of intimidation and torture tactics by police,” at Uzbekistan’s cotton fields in 2005.
So, it goes without saying that regular cotton isn’t exactly the best option for the environment, you or your skin. That’s where organic cotton really shines. Unlike regular cotton, it comes bearing many benefits without compromising on quality and durability.
The benefits of choosing organic cotton
Organic cotton farming might be more demanding and time-consuming, but the benefits are many. The best one? After organic cotton is grown and harvested using the plucked-by-hand technique approximately 180 days after sowing, it replenishes and maintains soil fertility to keep the circle of life. That’s the beauty of non-chemical farming.
Organic cotton is better for the environment and the farmers
We previously established that regular cotton needs over 250 billion tons of water annually. To produce an organic cotton crop, you require approximately 71% less water than regular cotton as the crop takes advantage of the rainwater for about 80% of its needs.
Less energy consumption is yet another benefit of organic cotton. The crop needs 62% less energy than regular cotton, does not require all the additional fertilizers, and also reduces tractor use.
Since organic cotton doesn’t have any chemicals, the farmers aren’t getting exposed to dangerous toxins that can cause severe harm to their health. Fair-trade guidelines and principles are followed and thanks to GOTS certifications, we have the chance to be completely transparent when it comes to the production process and guarantee an ethically made product that is organic and toxin-free. After all, no one would really want to get in contact with the harmful chemicals that are used in regular cotton clothing (cyanine dyes, herbicides, insecticides, biocides, and fungicides spraying), right?
Try Organic Pima cotton sleepwear
At The Sleepy Collection, we pride our sleepwear for the soft material of Organic Pima cotton, and we are pleased to collaborate with leading partners in the production and promotion of Organic Cotton Textiles in Peru. Our Peruvian Pima cotton is grown, hand-picked, spun into yarn, knitted into the soft fabric, naturally dyed and handmade in a country with one of the longest tradition of textile production in the world. Besides, Organic Pima cotton is a highly recommended clothing material for babies and adults with sensitive skin, due to its soft, non-irritating and hypoallergenic qualities.
Our collection carries an array of Scandinavian-style organic Pima cotton sleepwear wrapped in sustainable design and responsible business practices. If you want to try the otherworldly soft Pima cotton fabric browse our classic sleepwear for the whole family or click here to learn more about our material.