Conventional cotton production uses approximately 25% of the world's insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides, and defoliants. The good news is that the market for organic cotton apparel, bags and bedding is growing every year as people make the connection between conventional cotton growing, human health problems, and environmental damage. Organic cotton is a sustainable alternative to conventional cotton - but recycled cotton is even better.
"When the planes still swoop down and aerial spray a field in order to kill a predator insect with pesticides, we are in the Dark Ages of commerce. Maybe one thousandth of this aerial insecticide actually prevents the infestation. The balance goes to the leaves, into the soil, into the water, into all forms of wildlife, into ourselves. What is good for the balance sheet is wasteful of resources and harmful to life." - Paul Hawking, The Ecology of Commerce
Organic cotton is a far superior alternative to chemical-laden conventional cotton.
More and more farmers around the world are growing cotton without costly, harmful chemicals. Their yield is high and the quality of the cotton they grow is equal to or better than conventionally grown cotton. Their methods support biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, improve the quality of soil and often use less water.
Growing organically takes more time, requires more knowledge and skill, and, at least for now, costs a bit more. But it is worth it since it doesn't contain any hidden costs to our environment.
In our view recycled cotton is the best choice of all. Using recycled cotton helps reduce the harsh dyes, pesticides & herbicides of conventional cotton and the energy, water and human labor required for both conventionally and organically grown cotton. Recycling discarded fibers also helps divert millions of tons of textile waste entering our landfills each year.
Made from pre-consumer cotton "table waste" clippings that otherwise would be dumped in landfills, recycled cotton is manufactured with no wet finishing or dying. There is no chemical or liquid of any kind used in its process. Plus, recent advances in manufacturing have made the look and feel of recycled cotton almost identical to regular cotton.
Check out our growing line of products made with recycled and organic cotton.