Organic cotton. What’s the difference?
Cotton is big business. How it’s grown and processed has a big effect on our clothes, the environment, and the communities involved along the way.
Conventional cotton not only involves pesticides, it also gets a blast of chemicals at the factory, which stay in the product’s fibres the whole time it is being worn (even after washing). It’s no surprise babies with sensitive skin and eczema have fewer reactions to organic cotton. The gentler processing makes it far softer and longer lasting too!
70% of cotton is genetically-modified, which means the plants can’t reproduce naturally. Farmers have to buy seeds from corporations, often at prices they can barely afford, creating debt with devastating effects on farming communities. Add in the chemical damage to the soil, food chain and people’s health, and it’s just not sustainable.
Put something organic next to your baby’s skin, and you’ll know it’s chemical-free, kind to the planet, and helping someone else have a fairer future.
Our organic and organically-grown brands
We’re proud to stock brands approved by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), the world’s leading standard for socially and environmentally responsible textiles. A lot of these brands also use bamboo, a wonder-fibre that’s naturally sustainable, silky-soft and has temperature regulating properties.
|Frugi||Clothing, swaddles, muslins||Yes|
|Pigeon Organics||Clothings, swaddles, muslins||Yes|
|Natures Purest||Clothing, bedding, comforters, soft toys||No|
|The Little Green Radicals||Clothing||Yes|
|aden + anais**||Swaddles, blankets, bibs, bedding||Yes|
|The Little Green Sheep||Bedding, muslins||Yes|
|Nurtured by Nature||Clothing|
|finn + emma||Toys, clothing||Yes|
** Responsibly-sourced, although only some products are specifically organic.
Did you know?
- Over 27,000 Indian cotton farmers have killed themselves since 1995.Contributing factors may be the high price of genetically modified seeds flooding the market!
- Unlike food, textile products don’t have to be certified in order to be described as organic. A product claiming to be organic might only contain a small percentage of organic cotton or dyed using toxic chemicals which would never be allowed in certified organic products.
- To be sure a product really is organic from field to finished product, look out for either the GOTS, the Soil Association or the Organic Exchange symbol
Buy organic where you can. Little by little, a little helps a LOT!
Find out more about organic cotton from our friends at www.cottonedon.org.