Five to ten years ago organic cotton apparel was extremely rare. It was expensive, hard to produce and just not a lot of companies were doing it. Recently, there has been a shift in our niche of companies offering some sort of eco-friendly apparel whether it’s organic cotton of recycled polyesters. We’re all moving in the right direction one step at a time.
When Adayak launched, it was our goal to only provide environment friendly apparel. All the t-shirts you see for sale in our online store are all made from 100% organic cotton. Organic cotton is generally understood as cotton, from non genetically modified plants, that is certified to be grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides. For some customers, they might purchase organic cotton because it’s good for the environment while others might purchase organic cotton just because it feels softer. There’s no right or wrong reason to shop organic apparel.
The major benefit for the environment from producing organic cotton is the lack of chemicals and pesticides used in farming. According to Tree Hugger:
Conventional cotton is one of the most chemically-dependent crops, sucking up 10 percent of all agricultural chemicals and 25 percent of insecticides on 3 percent of our arable land; that’s more than any other crop per unit. That adds up to 1/3 of a pound of chemicals to produce enough cotton for a t-shirt, and 3/4 of a pound for a pair of jeans. And that’s just not bad for the planet; 20,000 deaths occur each year from pesticide poisoning in developing countries, many of these from cotton farming, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
If you’re someone who prone to skin irritations then organic cotton is definitely for you. When organic cotton is grown chemical free, mother nature takes her course. In turn, I think she produces a much softer cotton fiber than your typical non-organic fibers. I love the softness of a 100% organic cotton t-shirt. You can instantly feel the difference when comparing the two side by side.
Adayak wants to know, do you wear organic cotton? If so, why do you purchase it?