Some of you may be wondering why it is so important to use organic fabrics. What’s the difference?
Well, here are a few facts:
Regular cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed agricultural crops in the world, using some of the most toxic chemicals available. Cotton accounts for more than 10% of pesticide use, and 23% of insecticide use worldwide. It takes aproximately 1 pound of chemicals to grow enough cotton for one t-shirt!
Skin is our largest human organ and the contact with cotton fabrics in clothing and while we are sleeping can have a impact on our health. Babies’ skin is especially sensitive to this contact.
Organic farming and production are deeply linked to humane and Fair Trade practices around the world, offering farms, families and communities their rightful chance to live well.
Organic Cotton agriculture avoids the use of chemicals by promoting healthy plants and soil to control pests. By buying products made from organic fabrics like organic cotton, silk, linen, tencel and hemp, you are supporting trade in some of the poorer regions of the world. By using healthy products, you are helping to save the environment for your own children and the world’s children.
The other advantage to using an organic fabric like hemp is that it is very strong and that products made from it will last many, many years. Hemp is also naturally mold and mildew resistant, and insulates well. It can be grown in any soil conditions without extra watering and does not require the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Hemp fabrics are available in many different colours and textures, as you can see from these samples. All natural fabrics print and dye well.
I hope I have convinced you that organic fabrics are the way to go!