Green trends in clothing and textiles – Organic cotton : Part 1

Welcome to the world of Green clothing and Eco-friendly fashion. I would like to share some insights on Eco-friendly clothing and fabrics.

I am going to cover this topic in three parts.

Just a sneak peek of what I will be writing under ‘Green trends in clothing and textiles':

Part 1 : Organic cotton

Part 2: Toxic clothes

Part 3: Natural fibers  – Bamboo, Hemp, Jute, Linen(from flax)

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Part 1: Organic cotton

Nowadays I come across fashion brands and clothing range made of 100% organic cotton. The organic cotton range is expensive but in long term it is good for the environment and for our health.

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton Vs. Conventional cotton:

Cotton makes up 50% of the world’s fiber needs. Cotton has been with us since ancient times and may be found in many finished products such as clothing, shoes, bed spreads, other household items etc. Cotton is the most loved fabric suitable to be worn in all seasons – Rain or Shine. Sadly, the conventional cotton is grown with toxic chemicals. Conventional method involves the use of enormous amount of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers which pose a health risk for people cultivating the cotton and for the consumers (The health risks of pesticide exposure include birth defects, reproductive disorders and weaker immune systems).  It has got a negative impact on the environment when the pesticides, chemicals and fertilizers get in contact with the soil and water supply.

Organic cotton:

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.  Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Growing organic cotton prohibits the use of genetically engineered seed.

Organic cotton was grown in 22 countries worldwide with the Top Ten producer countries led by India and including (in order of rank) Turkey, Syria, Tanzania, China, United States, Uganda, Peru, Egypt and Burkina Faso.  Approximately 220,000 farmers grew the fiber. Organic cotton now represents 0.76 percent of global cotton production.

(Source: http://www.ota.com/organic/mt/organic_cotton.html)

Barriers to growing organic cotton:

Growers of cotton have cited the following barriers to growing organic cotton:

  • Finding a market for their cotton.
  • Finding a market that will pay value-added costs of organic products, production challenges such as weeds and insects, weed control, and labor costs.
  • Competition from international organic cotton producers as well as the cost of transition to organic.

Benefits of Organic cotton:

  •  Helps the environment – Soil and waterways are protected from over exposure to toxic chemicals and pesticides, synthetic fertilizers
  • By choosing Organic, we are improving the working condition of the farmers. There is less need for them to buy large amounts of pesticides and chemicals.
  • Organic cotton are softer and easier on your skin.
  •  Consumers are less exposed to harmful pesticides and chemicals residues that remain on the conventional cotton clothing.

Increase in awareness of the benefits of organic cotton and increased demand will lower its cost to the consumers.

The following manufacturers and brands have organic cotton range clothing:

Please note the below list is not exhaustive. When you go for organic cotton, make sure you choose manufacturers and brands that are certified as organic by third-party organizations. They certify that organic cotton farms use only approved methods and do not spray toxic chemicals on their crops.

India:

Select players in growing organic cotton are:

Agrocel Industries Ltd., Arvind Ltd., Cyarn Textile Co., Ltd., EcoFarms, Hemp Fortex Industries Ltd., Mavideniz Organic Group, Orimpex BV, Parko Textile, Pratibha Syntex Ltd., Rajlakshmi Cotton Mill Private Limited, Remei AG, and Sanko Textile.

(Source:http://www.commodityonline.com/news/india-set-to-strengthen-position-in-organic-cotton-26914-3-26915.html)

Brands:

Upasana: http://www.upasana.in/organic-cotton-brand-india

Organic and More: http://www.organicandmore.com/index.html

Douspeakgreen: http://www.douspeakgreen.in/

Fibre to fashion: http://www.fibre2fashion.com/organic-more/

Ethicus: www.ethicus.in

Australia:

Please see the below website link for popular organic brands available in OZ –

http://www.australianorganicdirectory.com.au/462/directory/categories/Clothing.htm

Some useful website links:

Company profiles of organic cotton manufacturers/Brands:

http://www.aboutorganiccotton.org/company.html

Choose organic cotton and make a difference to help the environment and you!

Bye for now. Best wishes from PetalDewNature’s nurture.

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