From fruit to skincare to bedding to clothing, you now see organic products in almost every market. The term ‘organic’ itself has become a trademark for high quality and ecologically conscious production and many fashion brands are now incorporating organic cotton into their manufacturing processes. But why is there such a buzz around organic cotton and why should you care?
Read on to find out reasons why to choose organic cotton over conventional cotton when shopping a white tee for example:
1. Reduction of environmental footprint. Organic cotton seeds have not been genetically modified (non-GMO) and are grown without the use of any chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers or other artificial agricultural substances. This means it won’t damage the soil and has less impact on the air. Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides.
2. Promotion of safe work environment for farmers: Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safer than conventional cotton. They are not exposed to toxic chemicals in the field or through their food and water supply.
3. Pay a fair price: When you buy organic cotton, you are investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil and farmer livelihoods.
So what are the actual stats then and what is your impact? When you buy a t-shirt choosing organic cotton over ordinary cotton you save about: 436 litres of water, driving an average car for 1km, and keeping a 60w lightbulb on for an hour. Maybe this doesn’t sound that much, but add up the numbers for your whole wardrobe, and then for all of your friends, and so on.
Luckily there are many beautiful modern brands out there nowadays that consciously choose high quality organic cotton for their products. These are the SCOON team’s favourite shirts.
Riley Studio ‘Make Good’ fitted t-shirt - €45.00
Created using recot²®, which is a mix of recycled cotton and GOTS certified organic cotton, this t-shirt improves the eco-balance of organic cotton. Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) organic cotton is the world’s most recognised processing standard for verifying organic materials, they set the highest ecological, sustainable and social requirements for biologically produced natural fibers.
Organic Basics Tee - €32.00
This classic women's t-shirt is made from super-soft, certified organic mid-weight long form cotton. It's a timeless, clean cut with a slimmer fit and a fine knit rib crew neck. Organic Basics use GOTS certified organic cotton. Their tees are made from hand-picked, chemical free organic cotton that’s grown on the coast of the Aegean Sea. It’s widely regarded as some of the most soft and durable cotton in the world. The GOTS standard also guarantees that the people that made this are paid living wages and treated like humans.
Go as UR Basic White T-shirt - €55.00
Oversized T-shirt made in Portugal from 100% organic cotton jersey. Go as u.r beautifully embodies the idea of the circular economy, and pioneers waste-to-wear and nature-based innovations, including the use or organic cotton and lyocell.
Rhumaa Prosper Cotton shirt - €65.40
This 100% organic cotton shirt is a cut above your average white shirt, with a comfortable A-line fit, slightly flared sleeves and patch pockets, for a modern look.
Written by our very own SCOON Co-founder, Marloes Garben.