Organic Cotton Farming
Organic cotton is produced using techniques that are healthy and safe for the environment and the people who work and live near the fields where it's grown. Organic cotton is never grown with synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or defoliants, nor is it genetically modified in any way.
Here's how an organic field works: the farmer uses compost or manure for fertilizer, hoes or pulls weeds by hand, and controls insects with predator bugs or trap crops (which can be planted on a side field to lure destructive bugs away from the cotton).
Seed Preparation. Non-Organic: Typically treats seeds with fungicides or isecticides vs Organic: Uses untreated seeds.
Seed Preparation. Non-Organic: Uses GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) seeds for approximately 70% of US-grown cotton vs Organic: Never uses GMO seeds.
Soil & Water. Non-Organic: Applies synthetic fertilizers vs Organic: Builds strong soil through crop rotation.
Soil & Water. Non-Organic: Loss of soil due to predominantly mono-crop culture and requires intensive irrigation vs Organic: Retains water more efficiently due to increased organic matter in the soil.
Weed Control. Non-Organic: Applies herbicides to soil to inhibit weed germination vs Organic: physical removal rather than chemical destruction.
Weed Control. Non-Organic: Repeatedly uses herbicides to kill weeds vs Organic: Controls weeds through cultivation and hand hoeing.
Pest Control. Non-Organic: Uses insecticides heavily, accounting for approximately 25% of world consumption vs Organic: Maintains a balance between "pests" and their natural predators through healthy soil.
Pest Control. Non-Organic: Uses pesticides heavily, accounting for approximatly 10% of world consumption. The nine most common are highly toxic; five are probable carcinogens vs Organic: Uses beneficial insects, biological, and cultural practices to control pests.
Pest Control. Non-Organic: Frequently uses aerial spraying, with potential drift onto farm workers, neighboring wildlife, and communities vs Organic: May use trap crops, planted to lure insects away from the cotton.
Harvesting. Non-Organic: Defoliates with toxic chemicals vs Organic: Relies mostly on the seasonal freeze for defoliation. May also stimulate defoliation through water management.
Hemp is an extremely beneficial plant fiber for use in clothing for the whole family. It is one of the most, if not the most, environmentally positive of all agricultural crops. It requires no chemicals in its production so it's naturally grown based on Organic standards. In fact, growing hemp actually improves the soil.
Organic Hemp clothes that touch your skin are as nature intended without any harmful toxins. Organic clothes are good for women, men, children, babies, and especially chemically sensitive individuals.
Hemp is good for the environment. In addition to being Organically grown, our suppliers manufacture the hemp into fiber and fabric with an environmentally friendly (also referred to as eco friendly) process.
Hemp is an exceptionally comfortable and healthy fabric to wear, since it's hypoallergenic and non-irritating to the skin.
Hemp has excellent insulative and conductive qualities. When compared to cotton, for example, hemp is warmer yet breathes better. For hot weather, hemp has superior conductive qualities to those of other textile fibers (equaled only by flax), allowing the wearer to feel cool, comfortable, and fresh in very hot and/or humid conditions.
Hemp's fiber molecule has a shaft-like structure that allows it to wick moisture right off the body, dry quickly, and, in cold conditions, even feel warm when wet.
Hemp fabric is very resistant to degradation from mold, bacteria, salt water, sunlight, abrasion, and chemicals, while being fully biodegradable (unlike synthetic fibers). Products made from hemp are much less prone to develop odor problems.
Hemp textiles have rich and supple texture and tremendous strength and durability.
Hemp is an excellent ecological alternative to environmentally destructive conventional cotton cultivation and synthetics.
Plant fibers breathe much better than leather and synthetics - and hemp breathes better than other plant fibers.
Hemp fiber is more environmentally sound than synthetics, because plant fibers are totally biodegradable and have been produced from a natural origin without the pollution resulting from the manufacture of synthetics.
Organic - The Way To Health For People And Planet
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