We already know that choosing organic cotton is better for ourselves and our bodies, but something that a lot of us don’t realize is how positive the impacts of choosing organically grown cotton over cotton that is grown conventionally can be. Organic cotton farming uses methods that are not only better for the environment but are also healthier for people farming it. These are some of the reasons why Grund chooses to use organic and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified cotton for our products.
Organic cotton farming is the environmentally responsible way to cultivate cotton. Conventionally grown cotton is one of the most chemically treated crops, and these harmful chemicals can end up in the ground, water, air, and even the food supply. Organic cotton farming uses methods to avoid using toxic pesticides. Organic cotton farmers turn to more natural ways of reducing pests such as using materials like garlic, hydrogen, neem oil, and vinegar.
Organic cotton farmers also use natural fertilizers to maintain the health of the soil. Natural farming methods such as composting, mulching, and crop rotation are also essential practices for eliminating the use of toxic chemicals and synthetic fertilizers that are linked with conventional cotton farming methods. Organic cotton farmers work to keep the soil healthy because healthy soil means healthy ecosystems and people. Organic cotton farming methods also reduce the likelihood of erosion and, although organic cotton farming uses more water initially, the sustainable practices of the farmers eventually results in an increase of the capacity of the soil to retain moisture.
The farmers of organic cotton not only benefit from the economic yields of the crop, but also experience healthier and safer work lives. Farmers applying chemicals and pesticides to conventionally grown cotton can become sick. Exposure to these harmful toxins can result in health consequences that range from asthma to even cancer. Organic cotton farming reduces the risk of farmers’ exposure to the toxic chemicals that are in synthetic pesticides. Choosing to consume organic cotton products is a step toward protecting not only ourselves and our families, but also farmers, larger farming communities, and the environment as a whole.