Cotton is often referred to as the world’s dirtiest crop. This is because of the heavy use of insecticides and water in its growth and production, high green house gas emissions and extensive land use.
Here at Green Shed you will find much of the clothing we stock is made using organic cotton and has been certified by The Soil Association.
The Soil Association have found that organic cotton benefits cotton producers and the environment in developing countries by avoiding the harmful effects of toxic pesticides, and the reduced cost of production improves social conditions. Social conditions for cotton growers can be difficult, with poverty, health problems and suicide common, and thousands of chemicals are used to turn raw material into clothes, towels, bedding and other items that we use every day. According to The Soil Association there are several reasons why organic textiles are kinder, cleaner and better:
- Organic fibres are grown without using harmful pesticides or genetically modified organisms so promote a healthier farm and environment.
- They don’t allow harmful manufacturing chemicals in organic textile production, so it’s better for wildlife and workers.
- Social conditions are high in organic textile factories, and organic cotton production can help farmers find a way out of poverty.
- Animal welfare is at the heart of organic systems, so is better for animals growing our fibres.
- Organic textiles don’t contain allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemicals.
To find out more about the work of the The Soil Association click here.