Is it just a trend? Or does it actually make sense to buy/use organic cotton for your kids (and yourself)? It might be a bit more expensive, but it is definitely worth your while. Let’s find out why! Never want to miss useful articles like this one? Sign up for our newsletter!
Quality of organic cotton
Let’s start with what’s most important; your little one only deserves the best product! Organic cotton is a lot softer than non-organic cotton and, more importantly, has been produced without the use of chemicals. Not only does this make the cotton softer, but organic cotton is also gentler on sensitive skin. Non-organic cotton that has been treated with harsh pesticides might irritate sensitive skin, so it’s important to use organic cotton when your kid has sensitive skin or, for example, eczema.
To make sure organic cotton lives up to a certain standard, it has to be certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). That standard doesn’t just take into account the product, but also the surroundings. Which brings us to our next point on why to choose organic cotton.
For a better planet
Chemicals used in the process of producing cotton not only harm the quality of the cotton, but also the land it is grown upon, and the people who work on that land. Even though only 3% of farmed land globally is used for non-organic cotton, 25% of all agricultural chemicals and 10% of the world’s fertilisers are used in cotton-farming. Which is kind of crazy, right? These chemicals can contaminate the water supply and can cause health problems for the workers.
Luckily, none of these chemicals are used to help grow organic cotton and, to put the cherry on the pie, no (artificial) fertilisers are used in the production of organic cotton. Another huge incentive to choose for organic cotton is water. Organic cotton is 80% rain-fed, so it doesn’t exhaust the water supply. Nothing but nature!
Not just the fabric
Like we already mentioned, organic cotton doesn’t just have to do with the fabric on its own. The Global Organic Textile Standard also keeps an eye out for the farmers. Not only by having them not be exposed by the chemicals used in non-organic cotton farming, but they also make sure human rights are respected in the workplaces. Workers are hired to steady jobs with fair pay and work in hygienic, safe conditions. Furthermore, GOTS-certified workplaces prohibit coercion, discrimination, child labour, excessive hours, and inhumane treatment. So, every aspect of the production of GOTS-certified organic cotton is taken into account for a cotton farmer.
If that doesn’t convince you…
We think this should be enough to persuade you that choosing organic cotton is the way to go. Here at Palais de l’eau it was an easy choice. We get our GOTS certified organic cotton from farmers in Portugal. Not only because we want to create the best products for your little ones, but also because it’s almost just as important to take care of the planet our little ones have to grow up in.
Sure, it might be a bit more expensive now, but you get a lot in return for that. And if you really need extra persuasion, we suggest you just feel the difference!
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