Why We Love Organic Cotton


 

Braintree fabrics are so important, that's what makes their Thoughtful Clothing, thoughtful. Here, we take a look into what makes organic cotton the natural, kinder choice for everyone.

There’s a LOT to this force-of-nature fabric, and while we’re simply scratching the surface here, you’ll get a good idea of why organic cotton makes so much more sense…

Better soil and harvests

Before it’s even planted, the seeds of non-organic cotton are usually treated with genetically modified pesticides and chemicals whereas organic cotton seeds, are not.

This means that right from the beginning, the seeds can grow naturally. Compost and manure are used to help the plant grow as nature intended. This also helps enrich soil quality – a far cry from the synthetic fertilisers and toxic pesticides used on conventional cotton, which inevitably find their way into rivers and wildlife.

It helps farmers and their families

Better quality soil brings a better harvest, so a bigger income. When it’s time to harvest organic cotton, farmers can plant other crop varieties (known as ‘crop rotation’) to improve soil structure and restrict the build-up of pests and weeds.

Often, Cowpea, ‘Lab Lab’, or other edible bean-producing plants are sewn in-between cotton. So even when crops are rotated, a sellable end product is grown so farmers earn a steady income.

Better soil and harvests

Before it’s even planted, the seeds of non-organic cotton are usually treated with genetically modified pesticides and chemicals whereas organic cotton seeds, are not.

This means that right from the beginning, the seeds can grow naturally. Compost and manure are used to help the plant grow as nature intended. This also helps enrich soil quality – a far cry from the synthetic fertilisers and toxic pesticides used on conventional cotton, which inevitably find their way into rivers and wildlife.

It helps farmers and their families

Better quality soil brings a better harvest, so a bigger income. When it’s time to harvest organic cotton, farmers can plant other crop varieties (known as ‘crop rotation’) to improve soil structure and restrict the build-up of pests and weeds.

Often, Cowpea, ‘Lab Lab’, or other edible bean-producing plants are sewn in-between cotton. So even when crops are rotated, a sellable end product is grown so farmers earn a steady income.

Certified organic cotton

Organic cotton certification happens at the stage when the harvested cotton plant is carefully spun into fibre. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) only certifies fibres as organic when strict environmental and social criteria have been met.

Rest assured that all of the cotton fibre we use has been GOTS certified organic.

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Help educate your friends and family on how organic cotton is a natural, better alternative to regular cotton.