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The benefits of farming organic cotton

Why ecological and economic farming methods have positive effects on the environment and health of cotton workers.

• Organic farming prohibits the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers which has deadly effects on wildlife and cotton workers, killing an estimated 16,000 people each year.
• By avoiding pesticides, farmers are avoiding huge debts.
• A higher concentration of CO2 is bound to the soil, reducing our carbon footprint.
• Organic farming prohibits the use of genetically engineered seeds which pose a threat to ecosystems, and the health and economy of farmers.
• Unlike conventional cotton farming having a massive impact on local water sources, organic cotton is mostly rain-fed.

 

 

Organic wool

When you buy organic wool, you are supporting the welfare of sheep and sustainable farming practices.

• Organic farming practices includes taking consideration to animal welfare. Therefore, practices of cruel nature (e.g. mulesing) are prohibited and animal stress minimized.
• Organic farmers take a preventive approach to disease in contrast to the routine treatment of antibiotics or pesticides.
• Sheep are reared on organic feed and grazed on organic land free of pesticides.

 

Some characteristics of Merino wool include: Hypoallergenic, non-itchiness, temperature regulating, odour repelling and durability.


How do I know that what I am buying is organic, socially responsible, and free of toxic chemical residue?


Finding a t-shirt made with organic cotton doesn’t seem to be all that difficult these days which is good, but to be ensured that the organic textile products that you buy are manufactured under eco-friendly conditions, there are some important symbols to look out for.

With quality seals, such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), NATURTEXTIL Certified BEST (IVN BEST) and the Soil Association Organic, you are assured strict ecological and fair labour standards from the harvesting of raw materials to manufacturing and labelling. The certified textiles contain a minimum of 70% (100% at BEST standards) certified organic fibres and all chemical inputs must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. For stricter standards in chemical inputs, you will see the IVN BEST seal.

 

                                           

 

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The beneficial qualities of bamboo

Bamboo is used as alternative material for, household items, construction, food, and fabric, and It’s easy to understand why. Described here are reasons why this amazing plant is acknowledged for being a highly beneficial and sustainable resource.

• Rapid growth
The fastest growing plant on earth is naturally pest resistant, does not need artificial chemicals such as fertilizers to grow and can be harvested after 3-5 years before it quickly grows back again. Considered as a fantastic alternative to wood, this versatile plant can certainly help slow down the global deforestation rate.

 

 Maintains soil stability
The extensive root system of bamboo (which is left behind after harvesting) helps retain water, improves soil quality, and prevents soil erosion and disruption of fragile eco systems.

 

• Reduces greenhouse gases
Bamboo absorbs more CO2 and produces 35% more oxygen then the equivalent grove of hardwood trees.

 

• Biodegradable
Bamboo fabric is 100% biodegradable.

 

• Benefits economic development
The manufacturing of bamboo products provides job opportunities in areas needing economic stability.

Other than the beneficial qualities bamboo has for the environment, it also has antibacterial and odour resistant properties, great qualities for athletic wear!

 

 

Recycled bottles

Recycled polyester, made by turning used bottles into a fibre is a great way of reducing the build-up of waste, as we have eight million tons of it entering the ocean each year.
So, it helps choosing recycled polyester over virgin polyester. Here are some reasons why.

• Plastic is kept out of landfills
• Recycled polyester has a 75% lower carbon footprint
• Recycled polyester uses 90% less water
• It takes an estimated 70 million barrels of oil and nearly twice the energy to produce virgin polyester
• The recycling process uses low hazard chemistry and toxic levels are therefore considerably lower.

 

 

 


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  7. www.global-standard.org
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  10. bamboogroove.com, Top ten reasons why bamboo can save the planet, http://www.bamboogrove.com/why-bamboo-save-planet.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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