Cotton fibers have great
qualities: it breathes, making it comfortable and healthy in hot weather. It protects
from UV rays. It can be finished to different quality of softness and without
chemicals, it is pleasant to the skin. Most importantly, organic cotton is safe
for the skin, your body largest organ.
Organic cotton is widely embraced by holistic
practitioners as having positive "chi" or energy, which can benefit
people - especially those suffering or recovering from illness. Many people
with chemical sensitivities can wear organic cotton clothing but are unable to wear
conventional cotton due to allergic reactions to the dyes and chemical traces
it contains. See the information at the bottom of the page about toxicity of pesticides used in conventional cotton.
Eco-friendly processing used in manufacturing of organic clothing does not compromise workers' health and helps reduce water and electric use and toxic runoff, e.g. non-chlorine bleach, silicon-free softeners and low impact, azo-free dyes.
Fashion: Organic cotton clothing is irreplaceable in fashion industry and from now on will be. Katharine Hamnett, Gary Harvey, Hannah Martin and Kaviar Gauche and a long list of names who promotes this organic fiber. It is a very strong trend supported by arts and fashion schools, studios but most importantly organic clothing is strongly demanded by eco-conscious consumers.
Environment: Cotton is one of the most polluted crops on earth, perhaps due to a wrong perception as a non-food crop, causing a significant risk to our freshwater. Picture these numbers: cotton uses 24% of global insecticides market but at the same time, its acreage amounts to only 2.4% of the world's cultivated land.
Well... It is obvious that the pesticide use for cotton way out of proportion, where all nine pesticides used on cotton in the U.S. are classified by the U.S. EPA as Category I and II- the most dangerous chemicals. were originally developed as toxic nerve agents during WWII and they have been linked to many forms of cancers. Some are 60 times more toxic that DDT! EPA considers 7 of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton as "likely" or "known" human carcinogens.
What does this mean to You? If you love your favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans...
continue for more info at the bottom of the page...
|Baby body half sleeve - animalsBeautiful 100% certified organic cotton baby body. Soft and safe for your baby.||Bicycle Organic Cotton FootieDarling patterned organic footies.|
|Cardigan & pants setBeautiful 100% certified organic cotton cardigan and pants. Soft and safe for your baby.||Dress Socks|
Leggings Ballerina - Organic CottonLeggings made of organic cotton and 5% elastane for the perfect strech so they will not deform. Bit heavier weight than our other leggings.
Designed in Paris.
Lillian Cardigan - BoleroOrganic cotton short cardigan in natural or poppy red.
Designed in Paris, manufactured Fair Trade in India.
|Live Green Organic Tank Top- Earth||Live Green Organic Tank Top- Seed|
|Live Green Organic Tee - HorseUnique 100% Organic cotton Tee with a beautiful horse design. Made of organic cotton, grown pesticide-free and produced in USA.||Long sleeve top w/ leggingsBeautiful 100% certified organic cotton top with leggings. Soft and safe for your girl.|
|Long Sleeve V-neck TopWomen's Organic Cotton Dress||Lotus TopOrganic Cotton top|
Lucca CardiganOrganic cotton cardigan in black or poppy red.
Designed in Paris, manufactured Fair Trade in India.
|Men's organic cotton long johns - patternOrganic cotton long johns, patterned.|
|Men's Organic Long JohnsCertified organic cotton men's long johns. Stay warm in cold weather!||Men's Organic Lounge PantsCertified organic cotton lounge/yoga pants. Soft and comfortable!|
|Organic Baby and Kids Long Johns setSweet Scrappy Cat and Dog pattern on 100% certified organic cotton long johns. Soft and safe for your child.||Organic Baby Bubble DressBeautiful 100% certified organic cotton adorable girl's dress.|
|Organic Baby Dress and PantsBeautiful 100% certified organic cotton adorable girl's dress and pants set.||Organic Baby Long Johns - red stripeBeautiful 100% certified organic cotton long johns. Soft and safe for your baby.|
|Bamboo and Organic Cotton Lace Bra||Bamboo and Silk Sweater|
|Crochet Capelet||Crossover Tank|
|Hemp Pants||Jane's Organic Cotton Bra|
|Knee Hi - Organic Cotton||Mantra Knee Hi|
|Men's Multi-function Lounge Pants||Organic Tights Striped|
|Softly Padded Organic Bra||Soy and Organic Cotton Bra Cami|
|Versatile 3-in-1 Cardigan|
What does this mean to You? If you love wearing your favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as we do, you have to live with the fact that it took a lot of chemicals, many of them carcinogenic (cancer creating) to create it. To "solve" the problem, a recent wave of Genetically Modified cotton has became widespread, covering 43 percent of the world's cotton. Bear with us, it sounds technical but it's worth to get it - GMO cotton is modified to tolerate the application of glyphosate (an active ingredient in commercial herbicides), so it can be applied freely without destroying the plant.
That glyphosate causes a range of cell mutations, damage to cell DNA and cancer. The residues of glyphosate have been found in a variety of fruits and vegetables and since it is inside the plant tissues, it CAN NOT be washed off. "Extremely persistent under typical application conditions" says report from The US Environmental Protection Agency. An additional concern related to using glyphosate on cotton is that the herbicide has been shown to move from cotton fabric into and through human skin.
You know the answer. The solution is NOT a better pesticide, but crops without poisons and chemicals. Organic cotton production maintains and regenerates soil fertility without chemicals, toxins, pesticides, fertilizers, GM seeds or sprays. That is not enough, though. Processing of fibers into organic cotton clothing has to be a systems that breaks down the fibers without harsh chemicals, like formaldehyde and similar. A 1993 EPA study estimated that 'one to two million' birds are killed annually by just one insecticide used on cotton! Genetically modified cotton now accounts for 75% of cotton grown conventionally and cottonseed oil is used in many processed and snack foods, as well as cottonseed is used in cattle feed.
Finally, in California it became illegal to feed cotton to cattle. Instead, it is set aside to make hygiene and clothing products for us and our babies... Let's wake up! Organic practices have a lower carbon footprint, as the entire process consumes less fuel and energy and emits fewer greenhouse gases. But also does not leave dead fish, birds or people.
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