Even organic food is still confusing to many of us. Where did the term “organic cotton” come from? We do not eat cotton! And, since the correlation is not as direct, it will take some time to understand the idea. However, it is known that organic cotton is just as important as organic food!
Conventional cotton is one of the most chemical-intensive crops in the world. These chemicals have numerous negative effects on the air and water as well as the health of farmers in cotton-growing areas. Thousands of farmers in developing countries die from exposure to those toxic chemicals every year.
Organic cotton, on the other side, has a minimum impact on the environment. Organic cotton is grown without toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Certification organizations verify that organic cotton farmers use only materials and methods allowed in organic production. The genetically engineered seed for organic farming is also prohibited in most cotton-growing areas.
Organic cotton is also good for farmers. From sowing seeds to harvesting, farmers work in harmony with regulations. And, it protects the air and water as well as their health in the long term.
“Your cotton t-shirt may be poisoning you” claimed by Deniz, the manager of cool t-shirts maker Artokingo. “The researches show that toxic chemicals could be absorbed by the skin. We know how it is important to use organic cotton for our health and the environment. We use 100% organic cotton t-shirts certified by GOTS, despite they cost us 50% more than conventional cotton t-shirts. Those cheap funny t-shirts may not be worth the price. Having a clear conscience is more important than the cost of a t-shirt; the most exclusive t-shirt designs, printed with organic inks on organic t-shirts. Beautiful.”