Reve en vert the environment.l impact of conventional cotton and why you should choose organic cotton

Organic cotton is grown without pesticides.

Conventional cotton is grown with a huge amount of water.

Reve en vert the environment.l impact of conventional cotton and why you should choose organic cotton
Reve en vert the environment.l impact of conventional cotton and why you should choose organic cotton

Look for the @globalorganictextilestandard label

Cotton production uses about 1.5 billion pounds worth of pesticides every year, which accounts for 16% of all insecticides used, which is more than any other crop.

 

Source: Soil Association

Water Usage

The conventional cotton industry requires a ridiculous amount of water. To make one cotton t-shirt, factories have to use 2,700 litres of water, which is absolutely insane [source: Swedish Linens]. In 2015, by growing organic cotton, farmers saved around 218 billion litres of water, which is equivalent to 87,201 Olympic size pools [source: About Organic Cotton].

Sadly, this beautiful planet of ours does not have unlimited amounts of clean water. Over one billion people do not have access to clean water, while the cotton industry uses 10,000 liters of water just to process one kilo of cotton.  By just 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages, which is why we must crackdown on water usage in all industries.

Intensive Agriculture = Mass Pollution

Chemical sprays and conventional pesticides are incredibly detrimental to our planet and our bodies. When pesticides are used within farming, they greatly degrade our soil, end up in our waterways, threatening the health of farmworkers and nearby populations, and eventually end up on our plates and in our clothing. For instance, when these chemicals end up in rivers, ponds, or lakes due to runoff, that body of water can become contaminated.

There have been studies that have shown fish and other animals can get incredibly sick and even die from prolonged exposure to these chemicals [source: World Wild Life]. And of course, many people drink and bathe in water that is contaminated, exposing communities and populations to health risks [source].

A 2011 study found that globally, cotton consumption causes around 220 million tons of CO2e and uses around 4% of the world’s nitrogen fertilizers. Cotton production uses about 1.5 billion pounds worth of pesticides every year, which accounts for 16% of all insecticides used, which is more than any other crop [source: Soil Association]. 

 

 

 

Reve en vert the environment.l impact of conventional cotton and why you should choose organic cotton

“Put simply, organic farming is a holistic method which aims to work with, rather than against, nature and natural processes to build health and fertility across the ecology of the farm.”

 

Source: Soil Association

Why Choose Organic Cotton?

“Put simply, organic farming is a holistic method which aims to work with, rather than against, nature and natural processes to build health and fertility across the ecology of the farm.” [source: Soil Association]. Studies have shown that farming cotton organically greatly reduces harmful emissions, excess energy, and water. In 2014, organic cotton farming saved 96.2 million kg of Co2, which is the equivalent of driving a car around the world 14,114 times! Additionally, 300.6 million kilowatts of energy were saved, which is the same as a 60w bulb going for 57,122 years. And as I already mentioned billions of litres of freshwater are saved every year and our waterways are fed fewer chemicals.

Another incredibly important factor is the wellbeing of farmers and workers, who have a more stable income from farming organically because “organic farming requires greater crop diversity, including food crops in the rotation. Not only are input costs cut, but farmers save on medical bills and food purchases.” [source: Soil Association]. Without the use of pesticides farmers, their families, and their local communities aren’t exposed to prolonged exposure to these toxins.

Look For The GOTS Certification

We are proud to carry many brands which carry the GOTS Certification. This is a worldwide textile processing standard and ensures the organic status of textiles throughout the entire supply chain – from harvesting of raw materials to responsible manufacture and labelling. The GOTS standard also sets criteria regarding working and social conditions.

 

 

 

Reve en vert the environment.l impact of conventional cotton and why you should choose organic cotton

In our organic cotton collection you’ll find our favourite labels making organic & sustainable fashion, intimates, activewear and homeware.

 

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Grammar

This brand creates chic and timeless designs for every woman to wear. Made with GOTS certified organic cotton, Grammar’s pieces are designed and made by women-run artisans and craftspeople in New York City. By producing locally in small batches, they are able to minimize the impact of their supply chain and ensure there is minimal waste.

 

 

Fashion, The Agent Organic Cotton Oxford, £210

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Fashion, Preposition Organic Cotton Shirt, £215

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Baina Towels

This beautiful towel line makes every bathroom more exciting. Made in Portugal, Baina works with GOTS certified organic cotton and produces with one of Europe’s most established mills to produce their towels, so that they can last a lifetime. The line was created to celebrate the daily bathing ritual, making those simple moments more exciting.

 

 

Bathroom, Johanna Organic Bath Sheet in Ivory (Pre-order), £90

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Bathroom, Josephine Organic Hand Towel in Sage Check (Pre-order), £38

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General Sleep

With most of us working from home, it is so wonderful to find sleepwear that doubles as a chic WFH outfit. General Sleep creates sustainable and ethical pyjamas that are so chic, you could wear them out. Made from sustainably sourced cotton-linen and woven on hand looms in the South of India with an initiative that supports the local community by paying their weavers a living wage in a solar-powered factory.

 

 

Bridal, Agnes Wrap Robe in Cloud, £175

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Fashion, Summer Set in Brick, £115

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Harvest & Mill

Designed and produced in the US, Harvest & Mill was born out of the desire to create locally sewn and USA grown organic clothing. They support local and organic farmers, who are helping to keep American heritage mills alive. The brand is helping to rebuild supply chains that are based on ecological and ethical principles. Their naturally-dyed clothing comes from farmers and dye artists in Indiana and California!

 

 

Activewear, Women’s Organic Jogger Pants in Natural, £65

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Fashion, Women’s Organic Unisex Tee in Black, £48

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Indigo Luna

Indigo Luna’s yoga and swimwear line is one of the most sustainable lines you can support. They use GOTS certified organic cotton and 100% plant-based dyes so that all run-off is completely safe for the planet. Their beautiful colours come from various plants, such as indigo leaves, mango leaves, almond leaves, and more. All their pieces are handmade in Bali in a small woman-run factory, where the workers’ health and wellbeing are put above everything else.

 

 

Activewear, Ananda Organic Cotton Legging in Ash, £68

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Activewear, Ananda Top in Clay, £69

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The Organic Cotton Edit

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The wylde organic cotton hana tee
The Wylde
Hana Organic Cotton White Tee (Pre-order)
£68
Pico goods organic cotton sustainable yoga mat ecru
Pico Goods
Organic Cotton Basil Yoga Mat
£89
pico goods crop top ecru
Pico Goods
Ecru Cotton Crop Top
£36
Grammar NYC organic cotton white split infinitive shirt
Grammar
Split Infinitive Organic Cotton Shirt
£220
Baina organic cotton cream virginia hand towel
Baina Towels
Virginia Organic Hand Towel in Ivory (Pre-order)
£38
General sleep sustainable organic ethical sleepwear pyjamas loungewear wrap set in sky grey white stripe
General Sleep
Pyjama Wrap Set in Sky
£225
The wylde organic cotton oracle bra
The Wylde
Oracle Organic Cotton Bra
£49
Pico goods organic cotton bath sheet towel
Pico Goods
Handwoven Organic Bath Towel
£48
white briefs white long sleeved t-shirt
White Briefs
White Chestnut Long Sleeved T-Shirt
£60

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