When we hear the word “organic”, it’s not the oddity it once was. Most people have a better understanding of the term. We have a good idea of why organic fruits and vegetables are important, for instance. But what about clothing? After all, you don’t eat your shirt. So why choose organic cotton clothing?
Many of the reasons for going with organic cotton are the same ones for going with, say, organic apples and bananas. It’s not simply that something is ingested – no matter what the agricultural product, if it’s not organic it’s most likely grown by using pesticides, unnatural fertilizers, etc. Those chemical-based products go into our air, the soil, and the ground water. They affect the plants, animals, and people in the immediate area. And since cotton requires more pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, and herbicides than just about any other crop, purchasing organic cotton can make a big difference. For instance, did you know it takes about 1/3 of a pound of chemicals to grow enough cotton to make a single t-shirt? Think about all the t-shirts in your closet. That’s a lot of chemicals!
Of course the fewer chemicals used to grow your clothing, the fewer chemicals close to your skin. I have clothing that is made of organic cotton and I have clothing made of cotton that is not. Every organic cotton item I own is softer and more comfortable than those that aren’t organic. While I haven’t found any information yet stating that’s always the case with organic cotton, it certainly is my own experience. But mostly, it just makes me feel good knowing I’m wearing something that’s better for me and the environment. And when my son wears organic cotton, I feel even better.