Earth Day. 4.22.12
Why Organic Fabric Matters
The ‘organic’ label applies to any natural product that has been produced without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or hormones. Organic fabrics are the same – the raw materials have been grown without chemicals. This is better for the environment, and better for people.
Organic fabrics are particularly important, because the main raw material in the garment industry is cotton, and cotton requires immense amounts of chemicals. Less than 3% of agricultural land is planted with cotton, but that 3% consumes 20% of all pesticides used, and 22% of all insecticides. According to the WWF, of the 46 chemicals commonly used on cotton, five are considered ‘extremely hazardous, eight ‘highly hazardous’, and 20 ‘moderately hazardous’. These are often spraying from crop-sprayers, and the drift contaminates nearby wetlands and soil.