Why All the Buzz About Organic Cotton
Organic cotton has been receiving a lot of attention lately, especially following revelations regarding the usual industrial treatment and processing of non-organic cotton lines. When cotton is produced, harvested and woven into textiles normally, it receives an extensive lifetime of chemical treatment, beginning with pesticides to repel insects from the initial cotton plant, all the way up to irritating bleaches and other astringents that force the cotton into a uniform state and quality that consumers have come to expect. Unfortunately for many consumers with sensitive skin and eye, nose and throat or breathing allergies, this heavily chemically dependent cotton processing results in a final product that can actually end up being quite the health hazard. For those with allergy problems, wearing, sleeping on and drying oneself with normally processed cotton products is essentially ensuring that you will always be in close contact with skin irritants and harmful chemicals. Organic cotton, on the other hand, eliminates these problems because it has not been treated with the harsh and irritating chemicals that normal cotton processing requires. Organic cotton is therefore a safer and gentler alternative fabric for people suffering from intense allergies and sensitive skin conditions.
Organic Cotton Bursting onto the Textiles Scene in a Big Way
Nowadays, you can find organic cotton in clothing, bedding, drapery, bathroom towels and more. Organic cotton is gaining more and more recognition across the consumer spectrum for its positive impact on the environment, and on the direct health of its users.
For one thing, organic cotton does not require the truckloads of harmful and stringent chemicals that normal industrial cotton processing requires. This means less harsh and dangerous chemicals are seeping into the ground water and ending up in the drinking water supply. Organic cotton methods mean the Earth itself is receiving less direct damage from these harsh industrial fertilizers, pesticides, bleaches, coloring agents and softening agents.
Meanwhile, organic cotton is making a splash on the home front because it's making it much easier to breathe for people with sensitive skin and lung conditions and allergies. When you bring heavily processed synthetic fabrics into your home and hang them in front of windows, you are essentially guaranteeing that fragments of these fabrics, along with the internal irritants and chemicals that went into producing them, are going to end up in your home's atmosphere. This can lead to an increased frequency of pulmonary diseases such as pneumonia or bronchitis. It can also lead to obnoxious and potentially dangerous throat irritation that makes it feel as though your breathing passages are being constricted.
In terms of aesthetics and home decor, organic cotton has a number of special features that indutrially processed cotton and synthetic fabrics just can't approach. For one thing, organic cotton retains all of its innate waxes and oils, meaning its subtle shine can brighten up a room and turn a positive effect on your overall lighting dynamics. Try some organic cotton products today and see if you can notice that it's overall easier to breathe!