Why Organic Cotton?
Why Organic Cotton?
The toxic chemicals that are being used to grow conventional cotton are not only harmful to the environment, but also to all of the people that are being exposed to them.
The cotton farmers and surrounding communities that are being exposed to fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides are put at an extremely high risk for birth defects, reproductive disorders, and a weak immune system. These toxic chemicals can even seep into the ground and affect the water supply.
When you choose to buy products made with organic cotton, you choose:
- To promote a healthier planet and environment
- To support local communities and keep farmers safe from hazardous chemicals
- To provide the factory workers with raw materials that are not laden with chemicals.
- To give cotton farmers safer working conditions
- To use soil that is not degraded
- To use cleaner products which are softer on your skin
- To use less fossil fuels which combat global climate change
- Not to contaminate groundwater by any means
- Not to use pesticides which destroy the livelihoods and habitats of wildlife
- Not to use genetically modified crops
Organic is better for consumers!
We proudly use only 100% GOTS certified organic cotton to create all Gallant International products. Consumers can rest easy knowing that our cotton was produced in a healthy and safe work environment. Read more about Global Organic Textile Standards on their website.
Organic cotton reduces environmental footprint:
No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton. It doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 71% less water and 62% less energy. Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides.
Model for the future:
By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. But organic cotton is 80% rain-fed, which reduces pressure on local water sources. The absence of chemicals also means that water is cleaner and safer. Cotton is often grown in water-scarce areas using irrigation and it takes 2,700 liters of water to make a conventional cotton t-shirt.
Fair price for sustainability:
When you buy organic cotton you are investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil and farmer livelihoods. The price for organic cotton is therefore sometimes, but not always, higher. However, with demand on the rise, more choices will become available.
Organic cotton promotes safe work & better livelihoods:
Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safe. They are not exposed to toxic chemicals in the field or through their food and water supply. It also means farmers grow more than one crop which supplements their food and income.
Organic cotton impacts our food system:
Organic cotton is grown from organic cotton seeds. Cotton seed oil is used in a variety of food products such as cookies, chips and vegetable oil, and is also fed to livestock. So while cotton fiber is not something we put in our body, the by-product can make its way into our diets.
You can make a difference:
Caring for the world and the people we share it with is a life choice. Choosing organic cotton is part of this choice. In 2015, 26 million metric tonnes of cotton was produced globally, much of it for the apparel industry. Organic cotton makes up less than 1% of this. By choosing organic over conventional cotton you have the purchasing power to influence brands, manufacturers and even farmers. So let’s change this number
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Social and Economic Benefits
Textile exchange carried out a Sustainability Assessment, and the findings were that:
- 65 % of producer groups have Fair Trade or decent work policies
- 97% of producer groups encourage women participation
- Ave 9 crop types are grown by producer groups for cash or own use
- 88% of producer groups grow crops for additional income
- 96% of producer groups grow crops for own use
- 96% of producer groups harvest rainwater
- 96% of producer groups compost
- 84% of producer groups report community benefits associated with organic cotton