While some critics argue that they don’t need to wear organic cotton because “I’m not going to eat my shirt!”. At HOPE, we believe there are a good seven reasons why we choose organic cotton for our tees.1. QUALITY
Organic cotton is more durable than its conventional counterpart. The reason is because a wide variety of chemicals are used in the growing and processing of conventional cotton. These chemicals weaken the structure of the fibre and eventually, the fabric.
Consumers consistently reported that organic cotton products feel softer and easier on their skin.
Chemicals are harmful and have contributed to the escalation of degenerative diseases in our society. They are absorbed through our skin and lungs, especially when body heat causes them to vaporize. Many of the chemicals used in growing, processing and dyeing of conventional cotton and its products never completely wash out. Therefore, they can enter our bodies through the skin. To test this, rub some fresh garlic on your heel and about 30 minutes later you will be able to smell garlic on your breath.
Being free of addictive substances such as formaldehyde, commonly used in the “finishing” of conventional cotton, organic cotton has a natural aroma and is naturally softer and more durable than its chemical counterparts. Non-organic cotton fabrics contain fibres that are weakened by the harsh chemical treatments. That ‘new’ smell when goods are first purchased is usually the aroma of chemicals that have been used in the article’s production.
5. ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE
Conventionally farmed cotton is harmful to the environment, using numerous poisons which pollute soils and waterways - and the farm worker. Vast amounts of water, much of it needed to distribute chemical sprays, are consumed to produce the crops. Organically farmed cotton is gentler on the environment, and uses biologically-based growing systems. It is usually hand-picked without the use of defoliants, machinery or chemicals.
6. SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE
Every time we purchase a cheap imported conventional cotton product, we support the mindless practices that helped produce it. Every time we purchase an organic product, we affirm conscious, life-enhancing practices – we are helping to build a better world.
7. NOT GENETICALLY MODIFIED
While some 70% of the world’s cotton is now genetically modified, certified organic cotton is not.