Organic cotton is grown using no harmful insecticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilisers. It is free from formaldehyde finishing agents and chlorine whitening, that is why the fabric is softer and more durable. Products that contain no harmful cotton grown using chemicals also show better biodegradability.
The cotton industry is one of the world’s largest polluters. 25% of the world’s insecticides and more than 10% of plant protection products (including herbicides, insecticides, and defoliants) are used in the cotton industry! To grow the amount of cotton used to make one T-shirt, ca. 150 grams of chemicals (pesticides and fertilisers) are used in the traditional cotton industry.
Non-organic cotton is often characterised as a natural material, even though it is highly cultured and processed, which results in groundwater contamination and poisoning the food chain. Organic cotton is well-suited for one’s skin and is a very good breathable material, as opposed to synthetic fabric, which causes allergies, static electricity, and sweating. A considerable amount of chemicals used in growing industrial cotton reaches the end product, e.g. garment, and can also cause various skin irritations. One should bear in mind that the newborn’s skin is many times thinner and more susceptible than that of an adult.
To make sure that your child has a healthier future, go for organic cotton whenever possible!