Why Choose Organic Cotton for You and Your Baby?
Choosing food and clothing grown without chemicals is good for your and the environment.
Organic farmers work with nature instead of fighting it. Instead of chemicals, organic farms rely on trees, hedges, and open space to provide habitat for natural predators such as beetles, ladybugs, spiders and birds, who control pests naturally.
Organic farming avoids the use of dangerous synthetic fertilizers which pollute rivers, streams and the water table. Organic farmers fertilize their crops by rotation, using composted manure (a renewable resource), and by planting cover crops which are turned into the soil to naturally enhance the soil's fertility. source: the soil association.
WHY ORGANIC COTTON?
Organic cotton is grown using techniques that are safe for the environment. Organic farms replenish and maintain soil fertility, and reduce the use of dangerous pesticides and fertilizers.
Third-party certification organizations verify that organic farms use methods and materials that are truly organic.
Organic cotton provides superior softness and quality, which is wonderful for your baby's tender skin. A great choice for you and an important choice for our environment.
FACTS ABOUT COTTON FARMING:
- Cotton uses approximately 25% of the world's insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides (including herbicides, insecticides, and defoliants.). (Allan Woodburn)
- Approximately 10% of all pesticides sold for use in U. S. agriculture were applied to cotton in 1997, the most recent year for which such data is publicly available. (ACPA)
- Eighty-four million pounds of pesticides were sprayed on the 14.4 million acres of conventional cotton grown in the U.S. in 2000 (5.85 pounds/ acre), ranking cotton second behind corn in total amount of pesticides sprayed. (USDA)
- Over 2.03 billion pounds of synthetic fertilizers were applied to conventional cotton the same year (142 pounds/acre), making cotton the fourth most heavily fertilized crop behind corn, winter wheat, and soybeans. (USDA)
- The Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in 2000 in the United States as “possible,” “likely,” “probable,” or “known” human carcinogens (acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos, and trifluralin). (EPA)
- In 1999, a work crew re-entered a cotton field about five hours after it was treated with tribufos and sodium chlorate (re-entry should have been prohibited for 24 hours). Seven workers subsequently sought medical treatment and five have had ongoing health problems. (California DPR)
- It takes roughly one-third of a pound of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to grow enough cotton for just one T-shirt.
When you choose organic cotton clothing for you and your baby, you benefit your family, and also preserve the environment your children will inherit.
Source: Information provided by Sage Creek Naturals, a manufacturer of high-quality organic cotton clothing.