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Organic Cotton – The Facts

We all know organic cotton is good but many people don’t really know why so I have put together some facts – in fact there are quite a few facts. It is now so much more accessible and the main benefit of it for me is how much better it is for the environment not to mention our health.

Here are the facts….

  • Organic Cotton is cotton that is grown without using any chemical fertilisers or pesticides on it.
  • It is grown on land that has been treated and given sufficient time (at least three years) for the removal of all the toxic residues of chemical fertilisers and pesticides used earlier on it.
  • The cotton is from original plants, meaning plants that are not genetically modified and that have not been treated with any chemicals (washes, bleaches, colours, or scents) during its processing and packaging.
  • Organic Cotton can rightly be called the most skin-friendly, most soothing, and most harmless natural fibre. While conventional cotton can sometimes be irritating to newborn skins, Organic Cotton is never like that. It is the ideal material for protecting and cleaning newborn babies, particularly for making clothes, bandages, covering and cleaning wounds, baby crib beddings, baby clothes, towels, and thousands of such things.
  • Reduces pollution caused by use of pesticides in conventional cotton farming.
  • Prevents water contamination and conserves biodiversity.

Must Do: Before buying garments or other goods made of Organic Cotton, make sure following;

•It is certified by a recognised certifying authority.

•It does not have dazzling colours, as they are seldom organic.

•It should not be artificially scented.

•It should not be chemically bleached.

•The Class of Certificate, the whereabouts of the certifying agency, details of contents are clearly indicated on the pack.

Certifiers: Here is a list of certifiers whose certificates you may find on the certified Organic Cotton goods;

•Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)

•USDA National Organic Program (NOP)

•European Organic Regulations (EU 2092/91)

•Export Certificates for Japan (JAS Equivalent)

•Indian National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP).

•Quebec Organic Reference Standard (CAAQ)

•Bio Suisse Standards

•IOFAM Basic Standards

•ECOCERT

Source: Organicfacts.net

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