If I were to ask you, when it comes to clothes what fabric do you feel most comfortable in, most probably you would say cotton or linen, because everybody knows that cotton is an excellent fiber for clothes and it’s also super breathable and comfortable. But did you know that cotton is also adulterated? Conventionally grown cotton accounts for more than 25% of worldwide insecticide use and 10% of the pesticides. Imagine all of that on your body. Still comfortable, huh?
There’s more to it than meets the eye. The pesticides used in cotton are the most hazardous, and research has shown that children are at greater risk for pesticide-related health problems than adults. Not to forget the farmers who work in conventionally grown cotton fields around the world suffer from toxic-exposure related health concerns. This is where organic cotton comes in the picture.
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Organic clothing is an imperative for the world. And that’s still an understatement. Besides the quality and shelf life of organic clothing especially organic cotton, the comfort level and eco-friendliness of organic clothing is substantially higher than its conventional counterpart. Eco-friendly fashion or eco-fashion is the next big thing in the glamour and fashion world. Note that natural cotton and organic cotton are far from being similar.
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In order to qualify as being organic, textiles need to be made from raw natural fibres such as cotton, hemp, ramie, or wool that have been grown without the use of any synthetic or chemical fertilizers, pesticides, etc. Just because a shirt is made from a natural fibre such as cotton doesn’t necessarily mean it is organic and hence can’t cause any health problems.
So if you feel you need to be a bit more environment friendly or you wish to safeguard yourself (and your family) from any pesticide-related illness in which your clothes or their fibre has played a role, organic clothing is your answer. Many top fashion designers have embraced this trend and it’s already a huge success in the US.
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And for the lovers of nature and animals, there’s more good news than expected. An ethically and environmentally aware approach is extended to all aspects of the organic clothing industry. Which means, no testing on animals or no harming of any animals. India has already become the first country in South-Asia to use animal cruelty-free cosmetics. A national ban on cruel cosmetic testing in Indian labs, followed by an order banning imports of cosmetics that have been tested on animals has made us the first cruelty-free zone in South-Asia. So the next step could easily be organic clothing!
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Until the time we “go-green” in the true sense, so long!