We all use cotton on a daily basis, it constitutes most part of our clothes fabric and it doesn’t come from any animal, but what more do you know about organic cotton? Did you know it exists several types of cotton which differences can have effects on something as important as your own skin? In this article, we will discover more about this natural fiber and most importantly its organic process.
Fun fact: Regular cultivation of cotton uses more than 10% of the pesticides and more than 25% of the insecticides consumed globally!
What is organic cotton exactly?
Organic cotton is named after organic agriculture methods, in order to receive the “Organic” label, it must be certificated by independent organisms following a specific set of rules. The main objective of organic agriculture is to make optimized use of natural resources while avoiding external manmade inputs like chemical fertilizers, herbicides, synthetic pesticides, and genetically modified seeds, although it can use external inputs as long as it can be found in nature as its final state.
Farming cotton is not an easy process, but growing Organic cotton is immensely harder, the process must always go through natural practices as for example the rotation of crops and the use of fertilizer from animal origins. Pest control is, in this case, the major issue. In order to fight this battle farmers must go through 100% natural methods as for example the use of other predatory bugs, animals, birds, strategic plantation and more.
Moreover, organic cotton is very often picked by hand instead high-end machinery, in fact, conventional cotton farmers use defoliants on the harvested cotton to remove the leaves before machinery picks up the remaining cotton, a practice which is of course forbidden in the case of organic cotton.
Finally, in order to call a t-shirt, “Organic” the confection of the clothes must be carefully monitored, manufacturers can’t use any bleaching or a chemical dye, only natural materials.
What does it mean to be GOTS certified?
The organic cotton certificated by independent entities guarantees the quality of the production process. The certification GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standart) is one of the most strict for organic cotton. This qualification assures that the product contains a mínimum of 95% certificated organic fibers while others using the label “ Made with organic material” must contain at least 70% of certificated organic fibers.
A brand like Wafity.com using the label must meet strict requirements and conditions: Organic fiber production requirements, environmental requirements, minimum social criteria (Fair trade practices) and certain technical parameters of quality. The final product must go through a GOTS assurance system for every step of the supply chain (post-harvest handling), manufacturing (packaging, labeling) and marketing (importers, exporters, and wholesalers) it is only then that a product can be labeled GOTS compliant.
We are proud to claim that all our suppliers have the GOTS label which ensures the best organic quality.
Why should you trade your non-organic cotton clothes for Organic ones?
- Better for your skin
When buying organic cotton clothes we avoid exposing our skin to toxic substances and it reduces the possibility of allergic reactions. Organic cotton clothes are not only healthier for your skin, but the fabric also provides a better softness when in direct contact with your skin. It is highly recommended for people with atopic dermatitis or problems of eczema and irritations.
- Better for farmers.
Organic cotton contributes to improving the quality of life from the people working in the fields, it ensures decent working conditions and a healthier work environment by not being exposed to inhalation and contact with highly toxic products.
- Better for mother earth
Switching to organic apparel contributes to reducing the environmental impact from its production, which, in opposition to farming non-organic cotton, does not use insecticides and pesticides causing contamination of soil, air, and water.
- It is Biodegradable
Being biodegradable means that with time, the matter will be dissolved by natural factors, bacterias, air or water for example. Organic cotton being made of 100% natural fiber and no man-made material being added, it will dissolve over time which means no pollution or need for recycling it.
At Wafity we have understood the importance of transitioning to an organic wardrobe from the very beginning, that is why we only offer 100% organic cotton for our t-shirt designs. But we don't stop there, we use water-based ink, recycled packaging for shipping and plant 11 trees for every t-shirt purchased.