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Organic cotton clothing carries its share of myths. As the demand for organic clothing is growing every day, there have been an increasing number of farmers who take the organic route and consumers who prefer organic clothes over traditional clothing as they are produced to be completely free from carcinogens and other toxic chemicals. This article is an attempt made to bust some of the myths associated with the organic clothes, however in the right direction:
1. Organic clothes are made from fibre sourced organically. They are completely free of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Organic farming deploys eco-friendly techniques such as crop rotation for the improvement of the land and soil. Only non-GMT (Genetically-Modified) Seeds are allowed for the cultivation of fibre, for example cotton. The various processes involved in the manufacturing of clothes like carding, bleaching, dying, etc do not make use of any chemicals that are harmful to the environment or nature.
2. Clothes that are labelled and marketed as ‘organic’ need not be necessarily 100% organic. It can be a unique mix of organic and non-organic manufacturing methods or techniques and still termed ‘organic’. Watch out for the clothes that tag themselves as 100% organic, but clothes that GOTS certified is something that you should be looking for, more often than not.
3. Organic clothes scores heavily over their non-organic counterpart as they do not contain a large dosage of chemicals that harm the natural ecosystem and environment around. It is commercially beneficial to the farmers as well as organic cotton, and has a higher selling price in the market than traditional cotton.
Organic clothing is the future. Sure they may not appeal as organic as you may think and may not be the saviour of environment. But it is the most positive step forward to giving back to the farming community and improving the current farming practises with continual technological advancement in organic farming.