Organic Cotton

What is organic cotton?


Organic Trade Association
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown.

What are the benefits of buying organic cotton?

There are many reasons to buy organic cotton.  By buying organic cotton for your baby not only can you help the environment and the farmers who grow it but the cotton is also softer than conventional cotton, stronger, long lasting and less likely to trigger allergic reactions or eczema.

For more information about organic cotton please visit Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Soil Association

References

Organic Trade Association 2010, ‘Organic Cotton Facts’[online], Organic Trade Association, Available from:  http://www.ota.com/organic/mt/organic_cotton.html