What Are the Benefits of Organic Cotton Clothing?
Organic cotton has been getting more attention recently, but why? What's so special about the same basic plant we use for clothes and fabric products today that just happens to be grown and processed in different ways? It turns out the answer may surprise you. Switching to organic cotton from normally processed industrial cotton could dramatically improve your health - especially when it comes to skin related irritations and allergies. Why is this? Because industrially processed cotton is steeped in a bevvy of chemicals from the time its in the ground up until the time it's bagged and shipped to your local store's shelves. It turns out that these chemicals can actually have a profound impact on the skin health and allergic status of sensitive individuals. When you consider how constantly you could be in contact with tainted cotton fabric and all the chemicals therein, since we wear this fabric on our persons in the form of clothing, sleep on and under them with our bedding, decorate our homes with them via upholstery and drapery and use them to transport our goods in the form of cotton tote bags.
Organic Cotton for the Planet's Health and Your Own
It's not only people with allergies and sensitive skin that suffer when overly processed chemically laden cotton floods our lives. The planet also suffers from industrial means of producing, harvesting and processing cotton. When cotton is still a plant in the ground, it's already being bombarded with dangerous and possibly carcinogenic pesticides. It should not be forgotten that pesticides are simply poisons in concentrations that won't necessarily kill us. Meanwhile, industrially processed cotton also receives a number of additional chemical treatments throughout its lifetime. Once the cotton plants are harvested, they are likely to receive a large dose of chemicals intended to change the color, overall appearance, feel and pliability of the cotton. Organic cotton, you will notice, comes to us in a natural brownish color, whereas industrially processed cotton is bleached white and often softened by means of chemical agents. All of these chemicals add up against the health of the planet and the health of the consumers using these fabrics. The earth receives all the direct chemical seepage from pesticides, chemicals that run off during the bleaching and treatment processes, and random leakeage that can end up in our water supplies. Even if the process of treating cotton industrially did not cause any chemical leakage, you would still be receiving a product that can cause skin irritation, allergies and negative immune reactions.
Organic Cotton Has Character
Organic cotton the other hand is raised using techniques and methods that are not harmful to the planet or to the people that end up buying, wearing and using organic cotton products. Organic cotton looks a bit different from regular industrially processed whitened cotton, but there are a couple advantages to a natural upbringing. For one thing, organic cotton retains its natural oils and waxes, so it will always have a nice and appealing sheen to it, making organic cotton ideal for use in drapery and other home decor products. Organic cotton also will not contain all the chemical traces and irritants that can be released from regular cotton drapes whenever the wind blows or air circulates around your rooms.