Updated: Oct 30, 2021
The rising demand for clothing in the textile industry has made it the second most polluting industry in the world. The use of toxic materials in production has led to massive pollution in the environment and risk to public health. The clothing industry must start using eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton in producing fabrics.
Synthetic fabrics is widely used in the most clothing industry. These fabrics
contain toxic and carcinogenic substances that pollute the environment and affect
human's health. While Organic Cotton, They are grown 'Organically', that is,
without using any form of harmful chemicals or pesticides to grow them.
Introducing organic cotton in the textile industry makes it a greener industry and
the ecosystem more habitable for the young generations. Methods used in growing
organic cotton improve soil fertility and increase diverseness. Using organic cotton
is not only sustainable but are a genuine approach to sourcing synthetic ones.
Organic cotton is more durable, non-allergic, making them great for sensitive skin
and baby's skin.
Here is why using organic cotton is better than using synthetic or toxic materials.
1. Toxic Chemicals
Toxic chemicals are mainly used for growing non-organic cotton. Chemicals like
pesticides, insecticides pollute the soil and release harmful substances that affect
human health & makes the soil infertile in few years. When processing synthetic
fiber, the toxic chemicals and metal washed off pollute underground water and
pose a risk to public health and causes massive damaging chemical runoff. Toxic
chemicals used contribute to Earth's biodiversity loss, a worldwide limit we can't
sustain once violated. While organic cotton is grown using approved, Eco-friendly
fertilizers and pesticides, these fertilizers pose no threat to the ecosystem. There
are no harmful chemicals released during processing and do not cause pollution.
Polyester is one of the most used materials used in the textile industry. It is made
of petroleum products, making them unsustainable and non-biodegradable.
Polyester can't be decomposed in the soil and discharges harmful microplastics into
the environment that poses a threat to public health and the ecosystem. Organic
fabrics apart from Cotton there are more Sustainable fibres like Hemp , Bamboo ,
Kala-cotton etc.are also Bio-degradable as they decompose easily in the soil
without causing havoc to life matters in the ecosystem.
3. Energy Consumption
During the processing of synthetic fabrics, the cost of energy consumption is high.
Unlike traditional cotton, organic cotton requires less energy during production.
4 .Eco-Friendly Farming
The toxic pesticides used for growing traditional cotton are harmful to micro flora
and fauna living in the soil and harmful to humans who contact them along the
line. Growing organic cotton is more healthy and friendly to farmers planting
them. The rate of water usage and pollution is significantly reduced when farming
5. Better working Environment
Toxic substances released when processing conventional cotton affect textile
workers' health and reduce their quality of life. Organic cotton releases little to no
pollutants and does not affect workers' health or reduce their life quality. The
Global organic textile standard provides steady jobs and payments for workers;
creating a safe and hygienic working environment for their staff without violating
their human rights. Organic cotton is sustainable and eco-friendly to farmers
growing them, The workers processing it, and when people start moving towards
wearing organic fabrics makes the ecosystem safe and healthy for the public and