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What is organic (bio) cotton?

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The variety of organic products in our country is constantly increasing and, in recent times, organic cotton products are increasingly demanding. It is used in making clothes, diapers, sheets, toys and more. Why more and more people pay attention to this fabric and why is this the better choice when it comes to eco-lifestyle?
 
What is organic (bio) cotton?
 
Undoubtedly this is the most popular clean tissue. Unlike conventional cotton, the organic is grown without pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. In order to be certified organic cotton, it must be proven that strict requirements such as these are strictly complied with:
Cotton must be sown on clean, uncoated soil, seeds must not be GMOs, crops should not be treated with toxic substances, only natural methods should be used in harvesting, etc.
 

Organic cotton products
 
In addition to being environmentally friendly, standard harmful substances such as formaldehyde are not used in the production of organic cotton products (standard products are treated with it to give softness and shine to the product). In addition, organic cotton products are usually used for weak paints, plant or mineral, which do not contain heavy metals and petroleum products.
 
These advantages, as well as the fact that they do not cause skin reactions, make organic cotton products particularly preferred for babies. For them, the variety of clothes and toys is the greatest.
 

Cotton and the environment
 
Organic cotton is needed to produce less water. As it is sown on a healthy soil, it does not need intensive irrigation, as is the case with conventional cotton - plants themselves use water much more efficiently for a healthy environment. It is well known that pesticides used in conventional cotton pass into groundwater and even into drinking water. In 1995, pesticide-contaminated wastewater from cotton-sown areas killed 240,000 fish in Alabama, the United States. 14 million people in the US daily drink water contaminated with carcinogenic herbicides and 90% of municipalities do not have the necessary equipment to remove these chemicals.
 
Unlike organic cotton, the conventional is considered one of the world's most chemicals-dependent crops, using 10% of all chemicals in agriculture and 25% of insecticides in the world. In the United States, 140 g of chemicals are needed to produce an ordinary conventional cotton t-shirt.
 
Genetically modified cotton is more widely used than most people think. And while organic certificates prohibit the use of GMO seeds, conventional cotton grown in the US, Australia and other countries is often sown with GMO seeds that are designed to give more fiber and resist rodents. It sounds great, is not it? The reason the US Department of Agriculture does not allow the use of GMO seeds in organic cotton is that they are not as successful as it is on paper. Monsanto, a producer of GMO seeds and pesticides, said a study showed that when using their products, the yield of
Cotton fibers are 30% more. It is easy and quick to prove that Monsanto is the sponsor of this study.
 

The Healthy Side of the Question
 
Manufacturers of organic cotton and workers do not work with toxic materials. Their health is not jeopardized, their lives are not at risk, as is the case with conventional cotton.
The widespread use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic chemical fertilizers and other toxic substances in the cultivation of conventional cotton causes significant pollution of water, soil and air. The lives of thousands of people in the regions sown with conventional cotton are in jeopardy. In these areas, the number of people suffering from various diseases, including cancer, is heavily increased. Many of the harmful substances are declared to be toxic and life-threatening, but unfortunately in the developing countries there are no adequate regulators.
 
 
Fair trade or fair work for employees in organic cotton production
 
Organic cotton producers are responsible not only for the eco-equilibrium but also for the standard of living of all those working in the field. Typically, production is concentrated in poorer areas and growing organic cotton is associated with more manual labor. The products are manufactured in accordance with the principles of fair work, ie. of workers are adequately paid, not exploited, good working conditions are met.
 

Higher cost - Higher standard of living
 
Undoubtedly, the cost of organic cotton products is 10-45% higher than conventional cotton products anywhere in the world. But before returning the Organic Cotton T-Shirt back to the store shelf, remember that if you buy it instead of conventional cotton you will pay for clean water, clean air, healthy workers, fair pay for their work, global economic progress and so on.
 
And ultimately - you invest in your own health

   

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