The Low Down on Organic Cotton
Cotton is everywhere. It is one of the most widely used materials. But what’s the deal with organic cotton? We are pre-programmed to believe anything organic is automatically better, yet we see some controversy as to whether or not organic cotton is actually any better than regular cotton.
Here’s the lowdown ... Organic cotton avoids the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides, which improves the health of workers and the health of our planet. It is safer for your skin, more durable, and some argue it is softer. Furthermore, water consumption is a big factor. But we will get to that in a second.
The downside to organic cotton is that it requires more land than regular cotton. Organic cotton is more sustainable, but conventional cotton is more effective. The pesticides and chemicals used are being used for a reason. They protect and nourish the plant so with less land, you are able to get more cotton. With organic cotton, you are yielding less cotton while using more land.
Back to the water. Now with more land required for organic cotton, you’d logically assume that also means more water. However there is a unique distinction between blue and green water. Regular cotton requires more blue water, which is from the ground and surface-water bodies, such as lakes and rivers. Organic cotton uses 91 percent less blue water, however, it uses more green water. Green water derives from rainwater and water stored in the soil.
That’s why it is important to dig deeper and understand the process. Because ultimately, there is a lot of conflicting information out there. There are several ways to argue the production of cotton. But like everything, nothing is perfect. While it might not be the sole driving force to save our planet, we do still prefer organic cotton because it skews more towards doing the right thing. We support the more sustainable and slower process, that is more natural. We look for GOTS certified cotton to further confirm that they used organic dyes in the process as well.