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Organic vs. conventional cotton

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More and more people are increasingly beginning to realize that the current consumption system is not sustainable, small brands like ours are committed to natural and organic materials, in order to be as environmentally friendly as possible. That is why today we are going to talk about the difference between organic cotton vs. conventional cotton.

1.- Use of pesticides

The biggest problem with growing conventional cotton is that cotton growers resort to artificial media and the excessive use of pesticides to make cotton grow faster. The use of these pesticides damages the soil, leaving it practically unsuitable for the use of any other type of crop.

2.- Transgenic seeds

Conventional cotton seeds are genetically modified so that they are resistant to insects. The problem comes when the insects get stronger and you have to apply more pesticides to fight them.

In organic cotton, natural seeds are used and insects fight with other types of insects, as a result, we eliminate those pesticides that can create allergies on the skin.

3.- Soil erosion

Conventional cotton is grown in the same soil over and over again, eroding it and needing more water, since being an eroded land it does not absorb water as it should. With organic cotton, it is rotated from one soil to another, to allow the soil to recover these nutrients and to have healthier harvests.

 

  

4.- Certificates

4.1.- GOTs Certificate (GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD), guarantees that they have at least 70% organic textile fibers, are manufactured according to environmental and social criteria, are organically grown (dangerous pesticides are completely prohibited), protect the environment, reducing water and energy consumption and they are produced fairly, since it is the farmers themselves who choose the seeds and the type of crop. over and over again, eroding it and needing more water, since being an eroded land it does not absorb water as it should. With organic cotton, it is rotated from one soil to another, to allow the soil to recover these nutrients and to have healthier harvests. 

4.2.- OEKO TEX Standard 100 Certificate, verifies that there are no harmful substances in the textile, nor in the product manufacturing phases, guarantees that all production processes throughout the supply chain have been subjected to the appropriate measures to guarantee the integrity of the final product, as well as that the means used are respectful with the environment and following sustainable ethical criteria.

There is also the NOP certificate (The United States Department of Agriculture) and EC 834/2007 (which is the European Union certificate), in these cases the important thing about these certificates is that they are independent and ensure a high percentage of organic cotton cultivation.

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