Organic cotton is made from natural seeds without the use of any synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers or other harmful ingridients. Third-party certification organizations verifies that the producer only utilizes methods and materials that comply with organic production standards. In addition, the federal government imposes regulations that prohibit the use of genetically engineered seeds and standards that cover how the cotton is grown.
According to the Wildlife Foundation, it takes 2,700 liters of water to produce just one piece of t-shirt. However, with the use of organic cotton, that number is reduced by 91 percent. In fact, since organic cotton is grown without any toxic chemicals, it could reduce water pollution by a stunning 98 percent. According to the Textile Exchange, organic cotton creates 46 percent less greenhouse gas emission for it does not use nitrous-dioxide-releasing fertilizers.
Despite the fact that organic cotton is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cotton, less than 1 percent of all cotton produced is organic. At Lafy, we found it imperative to take the leap and use Global Organic Cotton Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton.
Organic cotton is often said softer than traditional cotton. However, the true beauty of organic cotton lies in its enviornmental benefits.