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Organic Cotton

 

organic cotton

 

 Organic Cotton Tee Shirt is different than a regular cotton t- shirt. Many people don't know that. Nor they can tell any difference between organic cotton clothing and regular cotton clothing. How about you? Did you ever wonder what is the difference between your regular cotton t-shirt and an organic cotton tee shirt? In the same vein, can you tell the difference between an average non-woven synthetic reusable shopping tote and an organic cotton reusable grocery bags? Yes, there is a lot of difference between synthetic, regular cotton and organic cotton products. By the same token, scores of other products are available for those who prefer sustainable living and most all of them manufactured from organic cotton or other organic fabrics. Here are some details if you are interested in knowing the difference between conventional ( regular) cotton and organic cotton.

 

Organic Cotton though cotton by botanical nature, is different in that it is grown in few countries  from non-genetically modified plants , harvested without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides common to harvesting conventional or regular cotton. Currently, USA, China, Turkey, India, and Pakistan are the main producers of Organic cotton. In the USA organic cotton plantations must meet the requirements enforced by the National Organic Program under the guidance of USDA or else the crop will not be certified as Organic Cotton. There is an increasing trend among cotton growing countries to allocate a portion of their cotton harvest to organic crop. Altogether, more than 20 countries are now producing organic cotton in varied volumes and the trend is growing gradually.

 

However, the three largest producers still remain to be Turkey, China, and India.  Why? Because switching from regular cotton crop to organic cotton crop requires a tremendous amount of work for the growers. Harvesting requirements for the organic crop are specifically a set of changes that must be made to field and farming practices in order for a crop to be considered organic. To begin with, organic fields must go through a cleansing period of three years, without the use of any chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides, before planting the first organic crop. Fields must also be equipped with physical barriers in order to prevent any contact of organic crops with any chemical substance runoff from the nearby crops and fields. Producers must also strive to promote soil fertility through cultivation practices while maintaining or improving the physical, chemical, and biological condition of the soil and minimizes soil erosion. Organic growers must also implement practices to support biodiversity that benefits both the crops and the organisms that live around it.  Successful studies are being done to find alternatives to conventional herbicides and pesticides as organic production allows the use of poisons extracted from plants or animals.

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 Since consumers’ response to organic cotton is growing favorable around the world, many apparel manufacturers are allocating some share of their production to organic cotton apparel. To put the difference between regular cotton and organic cotton apparel let us consider the example of a tee shirt. If we calculate a number of chemicals (fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides and chemicals used at the textile plants), we can safely say that each tee shirt utilizes an estimated quarter pound of chemicals from the field to factory before finding its place on the store shelf. Various big box companies including Nike, Wal-Mart, Target and Macy’s and fashion distributors in many European, Canadian, Australian and other countries have switched a portion of their offerings to organic cotton products. This product lineup includes organic cotton t-shirts, organic cotton briefs, organic cotton socks and many other products. With this rise in demand, many more countries are making the switch to growing organic cotton.

 

The organic cotton used in our products is certified by various regulatory bodies.  For example, our reusable shopping bags and shopping tote bags are manufactured in India under our own “Eco-Fabrik” label by certified organic cotton suppliers. We make sure that we buy finished products or fabric from well-known and trusted sources of organic cotton. Another one of our regular sources of organic cotton tee shirts is a family farm in Texas ( SOS from Texas) that has been producing organic cotton for decades. They follow the apparel making process literarily from farm to factory to ensure it meets not only the USDA certification requirements but also their own standards of fair trade and exceptional quality. Many of our fabrics come from US fabric dealers and are also certified to Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) by these approved certification bodies. Our US suppliers offer solid tracking records and clear traceability on each lot we receive or ship.