“Organic” has becomes a buzzword when it comes to fashion and fabrics – just think organic cotton, wool, bamboo, silk or hemp. In fact, nowadays you get everything from organic fruit and veggies to organic gardening! So what would be the difference between organic crops used in textiles and the usual type of crops growing in the fields? Is it really more eco-friendly?
There is actually a very real difference. Organic crops are grown without using pesticides, chemicals or artificial fertilisers. The crops are not treated with any chemicals whatsoever – something that makes a big difference to people who are hypo-allergic and easily experience skin irritations. The fabric produced from organic crops is healthier and more comfortable to wear.
Another difference in organic farming is that there are no chemicals washed into the soil, maintaining soil fertility and longevity. It is also eco-friendly in that there is no water contamination from chemicals and toxins. The actual production process uses lower amounts of carbon as well as less energy, which means a smaller carbon footprint.
Farmworkers as well as the workers in textile warehouses and processing plants are exposed to fewer dangerous chemicals and toxins, which means they have improved health. Organic clothing producers operate under strict legal requirements and manufacturing standards that protect both you as consumer as well as the workers who produce the fabrics. Conditions are strictly monitored, leading to better work environments and treatment of workers.
Organic clothes are grown from organic seeds, as opposed to genetically modified seeds, which are more expensive and require pesticides and fertilisers for optimum yield. Add to this the money saved by eliminating fertiliser and pesticides as organic seeds are hardier and naturally resistant to pests, insects and fungus; and organic clothing costs less to produce.
Then we get to you, the consumer. Organic clothing contains no residue or traces of chemicals from the production process, which is why it feels better when you wear it. It is soft on the skin, causing no irritation or skin conditions. The fabric is more durable and can be worn for longer, which ticks another eco-friendly box. It is comfortable to wear and allows your skin to breathe. It even smells better!
So there are after all many ways in which organic clothing really is different and more eco-friendly … from the fields on the farm to the fabric production and the eventual item on the rack – organic makes a difference!
The Earth Collection uses only organic and sustainable fibres to produce our eco-friendly range of clothes.