Why buy organic?
We talk a lot about organic clothing and we try hard to run tribe as ethically as possible, so it’s probably about time we wrote a blog about the subject!
How our clothing is made is super important to us and is the reason we decided to stock organic from the day we opened. And all of our clothes – from baby to older kids – come from ethical suppliers who care how the items are manufactured.
It’s not always easy, but a lot of us are doing everything we can to minimise our impact on the environment, so why should organic cotton be part of this?
Conventional cotton is full of nasty chemicals
Conventionally grown cotton is one of the most toxic crops in the world. It makes up 2.5% of global crops but uses around 25% of the world’s insecticides. Not good news for our environment or skin!
The pesticides it’s sprayed with, and the other chemicals used in cotton production, pollute waterways and damage the health of the people growing and harvesting crops.
Around 25 million tons of cotton are produced every year, but unfortunately around 95% of that is grown conventionally. Consumers can influence this though – as more of us buy organic cotton, the more it will be in demand from producers.
Protect our oceans and seas
Did you know that conventional cotton is often combined with synthetics like acrylic, fleece and polyester? These synthetic microfibres are released when clothing is washed and around 1.7 million tons end up in the sea each year – not good for marine animals and sea-life ecosystems.
If you want to avoid contributing to this, ditch synthetic fabrics altogether, including conventional cotton blends. Certified organic cotton is 100% pure.
Conserve water and energy resources
It’s mind boggling that it takes 1800 gallons of water to produce enough conventional cotton for one pair of jeans! Organic cotton has a much kinder environmental footprint - its production uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton.
Organic cotton farmers use only approved fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, made from plants, animals and minerals. This reduces the risk of health issues from the residual chemicals in clothing, while at the same time protecting workers and reducing pollution.
And toxic chemicals - including chlorine bleach, ammonia and heavy metals - are regularly used in the manufacturing process for conventional cotton.
Organic cotton products don’t use any of these.
Purchasing power makes a difference
The more people choose organic cotton, the more manufacturers will consider switching to a safer and more ethical supply chain. Win win all round!