Updated: Apr 13, 2019
At Thalassophilia we want only the best for our guests, but also for the NATURE. Therefore, we invested in certified 100% organic cotton.
So what is certified organic cotton and why is it important?
We might not realize it, but cotton is the most popular fabric all over the world, and accounts for more than half of all fiber needs across the globe. To keep up with this demand, cotton growers resort to artificial means and excessive use of pesticides to make cotton grow faster. The products manufactured with this type of cotton tend to be full of chemicals and can cause allergic reactions to the skin.
Non-organic products that are grown with the help of chemicals and metals harm the environment too. The pesticides affect the soil and the water, damaging the natural resources in the process and disturbing the ecological balance. Regular cotton mainly causes soil loss and leaves the field unsuitable for growing other crops. The environment is harmed beyond imagination to produce just a single T-shirt!
Several people have become more aware and conscious about these problems in recent times. There is more attention towards environmental problems, leading to the production and popularity of organic materials. Organic cotton has been around for a while now, and is used to make premium towels, bed linen, and clothing. Products made from organic cotton are usually considered high end, and are generally more expensive than regular cotton products. The demand for organic cotton products keeps growing as more people become aware of their benefits.
Difference between organic and regular cotton
There is a world of difference between regular and organic cotton. Anyone who has used organic cotton products will find it hard to return to regular cotton. The benefits of organic cotton don’t just stop at the quality of products. Read on to find out the large number of benefits of organic cotton.
What is "organic cotton"?
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. All cotton sold as organic must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown.
ORGANIC (O): Natural, untreated GMO free seeds.
CONVENTIONAL (C): Typically treated with fungicides or insecticides. Possible GMOs.
O: Healthy soil through crop rotation. Retains moisture in soil from increased organic matter.
C: Synthetic fertilizers, loss of soil due to mono- crop culture, intensive irrigation.
O: Healthy soil creates natural balance. Beneficial insects and trap crops used.
C: Aerial spraying of insecticides and pesticides. Nine of the most commonly used pesticides are known cancer-causing agents.
O: Natural defoliation from freezing temperatures or through the use of water management.
C: Defoliation induced with toxic chemicals.
O: Warp fibers stabilized using double-plying or nontoxic cornstarch.
C: Warp fibers stabilized using toxic waxes.
O: Safe peroxide is used.
C: Chlorine bleaching creates toxic by-products, which are released into the environment.
O: Soft scour in warm water with soda ash, for a pH of 7.5 to 8.
C: Hot water, synthetic surfactants, additional chemicals (sometimes formaldehyde).
O: Low-impact fiber-reactive or naturaldyes with low metal and sulfur content.
C: High temperature containing heavy metals and sulfur.
O: Low-impact, water-based inks and/or pigments with no heavy metals.
C: Pigments may be petroleum based and contain heavy metals. Run-off spills into waterways, polluting streams.
O: Social criteria in place to ensure safe, healthy, non-abusive, nondiscriminatory environment with living wages.
C: No social screening. Possible child or forced labor used. Facilities may be unsafe and unhealthy.
O: Positive story can be told to differentiate you from your competitors.
C: None. As awareness of organic advantage expands, increased potential for negative image.
O: Initial cost more expensive. Long-term advantages: priceless.
C: Initially cheaper. Long-term impact on environment: devastating.
Organic cotton is softer, hypoallergenic, and last for a long time. But the most important benefit is protecting the ecosystem, reducing wastage of water, and ensuring a safer working environment for the farmers and manufacturers. Organic cotton is a sustainable and eco-friendly option to regular cotton.
We could go on and on about the challenges we face as a global community if we don’t continue to explore, accept and use alternatives for conventionally grown cotton.
We hope in some small way Thalassophilia can add some “green” to the world one yard at a time.