Why Buy Organic Cotton?
Health conscious people and their awareness of synthetic fibers have grown exponentially.
People suffering from itchy skin and other skin related problems are turning to pesticide free fabric.
If you are concerned about the harmful effects of pesticides or the insecticides in our food chain you most probably are equally paying attention to the high usage of these chemicals growing in natural fibers such as cotton.
The public awareness of how our produce is grown has given rise to the organic movement.
Just as this movement has grown so has the rise and awareness to developing organic cotton.
The amount of poison and carcinogens used to grow nonorganic foods is same as growing the fiber most people are wearing against their skin, the largest organ in our body.
People are beginning to question their health care professionals concerning their skin problems and how it may relate to the garments that are worn each and every day.
Many people develop contact dermatitis from formaldehyde resins.
The same resins which are used for textile finishes.
This same resin is used on fabrics that eventually wind up contacting our skin.
Many of us are allergic to our clothing and are completely unaware of this fact.
If you’re experiencing chronic itching or recurring rashes on different parts of your body, particularly where your clothing comes in contact with your body you may consider contacting your Dermatologist and ask to be tested for this sensitivity.
The American Contact Dermatitis Society has made aware the common eruption sites for this sensitivity.
Most people suffer the back of their neck with intense itching.
Other areas are the upper back, the waistband area, and your fingers!
The forehead can be problematic too if you wear a cap that has been treated with formaldehyde.
Permanent press is the number one culprit for its formaldehyde usage.
Those of us who like our ‘wrinkle-free’ garments need to know there is quite a bit of this chemical in your clothing. Rayon, wrinkle-free resistant 100% cotton, blended cotton and all synthetic blended polymers are most likely to be treated with the formaldehyde resin.
This includes all women’s undergarments and lingerie.
Rayon, wrinkle-free resistant 100% cotton, blended cotton and all synthetic blended polymers are most likely to be treated with the formaldehyde resin.
Here are fabrics without formaldehyde:
- 100% polyester
- 100% acrylic
- 100% nylon
These are the fabrics that do contain formaldehyde:
- shrink-proof wool
- color-fast items
- stain-resistant items
- permanent press fabric
- wrinkle-free (resistant) fabric
- all blends which include; polyester-cotton, rayon
Conventionally grown cotton may be known as the way to go when choosing your garments but did you know it’s also the reason for many harmful planetary issues?
Most people don’t.
Here is a list of just a few:
- Conventionally grown cotton is responsible for more than 25 percent of insecticide, worldwide.
- 5 of the top 9 pesticides used on cotton are cancer causing.
- More so than adults, children are susceptible to pesticide-related health issues.
- Farm workers in this field suffer the over toxic exposures which create health related issues.
- One pound of chemical fertilizers plus pesticides yields three pounds of cotton, which is needed to create one pair of jeans and one tee-shirt.
- Surrounding areas of a cotton farm are associated with respiratory symptoms and other effects from breathing in the high use of chemicals.
Why buy organic cotton?
Because it’s good for you and good for sustaining our world.
Pesticide free cotton also feels softer and is more breathable, not to mention it feels luxurious when next to your skin. There’s nothing quite like it.
These organic cotton fields produce stable cotton fibers which in turn make stronger yarn for more durable fabric.
With new research indicating the many health ailments that are caused by chemical sensitivities, organic cotton farming is on the rise by consciously driven companies wanting to better the planet.
If you are one of the many people suffering from multiple chemical sensitivities.
It’s no big surprise that as a nation we are witnessing people suffer allergies, rashes and a host of other problems, and there isn’t much offered in the way of help from their health care professionals.
What they’re given is a host of medications that may take care of symptoms but do not address the problem.
Hemp is also a great fabric.
Hemp is found in many quality shops sporting high excellence in their garments.
The most positive crop with no herbicides and at the same time improving the condition of the soil, hemp is known to be the best crop to grow, being naturally insect and fungus resistant.
Just as you would take notice of the foods you are ingesting it is wise to take notice of the garments you are wearing.
You wouldn’t eat a bowl full of chemicals, knowingly.
At least, I know I wouldn’t.
There are times we are unaware of the foods we are putting into our bodies and we wind up paying the consequences thru a variety of different known viruses, affecting so many people everywhere.
Same is true for many people suffering from skin irritations which can lead to more serious health problems.
It is unfortunate we have to take heed of everything we do these days and not live a more carefree lifestyle.
The good news is there are companies beginning to emerge with high value for excellence.
These companies care about not only their bottom line but about the preservation of our planet.
It’s important to begin paying attention to where you are purchasing your garments from.
Too many sweat shops are offering look alike fabric and garments to fool you into buying from their companies.
Sweat shops are in abundance.
Factories which employ workers for long hours at ridiculous wages under horribly unhealthy conditions is in no way where people of consciousness want to buy from.
Begin supporting our planet by choosing eco-friendly products.