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Organic vs non-Organic – What’s the difference?
The simple answer is because GOTS Organic Cotton is better quality (softer, more durable – and seriously, you can feel the difference), it is produced in toxin free environments where labour is regulated in accordance with the International Labour Organisation standards, and it is better for the environment and the future of our planet. But let’s take a closer look …
Quality of the Fibre
The length of the cotton fibre has a lot to do with the quality - the longer the fibre the softer the cotton. And the purity of the fibre is contingent on how it is picked (hand-picked or machine-picked). As Organic Cotton is hand-picked the fibres aren’t broken, resulting in both softer and durable products. Conversely, regular cotton is machine-picked resulting in shorter and damaged fibre which produces a poorer quality product.
Health and Wellbeing
Everything you wear that touches your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream (and for babies and toddlers their delicate skin is a thin barrier). Your regular cotton is the most pesticide intensive crop in the world! More than 25% of pesticides used in farming are used on cotton alone, and they include highly toxic insecticides and carcinogens.
GOTS certified Organic Cotton is grown in soil that has been chemical free for a minimum of three (3) years and the process of producing Organic Cotton is toxin free from field to factory. Be aware though that you can purchase Organic Cotton that is not GOTs certified, and sadly they are not certified because they have been contaminated through the use of toxic dyes and chemicals. Read more about GOTs (Global Organic Textile Standards) here.
Social and Ethical
Not only does GOTS relate to the quality of the fabric (ensuing compliance with standards such as no formaldehyde, no pesticides, no chlorine bleach), it also regulates ethical social standards – such as, no child labour, no animal cruelty, workers are paid a fair wage and have fair working condition – these and other key principles must be met by processors and manufacturers.
GOTS certified Organic Cotton is sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable! Did you know that up to 250ml (1 cup) of chemicals are typically used to produce just one single (non-organic) cotton t-shirt? As most cotton farmers are located near river catchments, the drainage and run-off into the rivers is having a significant impact on the eco-systems, as well as contaminating drinking water.
Feel free to browse our store and check out our Cute As Organic products that are made with GOTS certified Organic Cotton. All of our Cute As Designer range are not only made from GOTS certified Organic Cotton but are also made right here in Australia!
Keeping it clean and green
Kim & Kate