You may not have known this, but more pesticides are used on cotton than any other crop in the world!! It’s a proven fact that the pesticides used on cotton are harmful for the environment. They may very well be harmful to human health as well. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that at least 7 of the top 15 chemicals used on cotton crops are “likely” or “known” human carcinogens. Because I try to do what’s right for the earth, and because I prefer to stay healthy myself, this knowledge doesn’t thrill me.
I can’t give up cotton, I simply can’t do it! I wear cotton all the time…my kids wear cotton all the time. We’re a laid back, casual sort of family and we MUST have our cotton.
Enter Organic Cotton Clothing! Thankfully, there are now a growing number of cotton farmers that grow organic cotton. These farmers grow their organic cotton crops under extremely strict guidelines, so besides just growing their crops without the use of harmful pesticides, they also deal with things like soil erosion and nutrient depletion.
The best news is that Organic Cotton items are really not much more expensive than cotton that is treated with pesticides.
All is well in my home again, now that we know we can wear our cotton while doing the right thing for the environment at the same time. If you’re interested in making the change to organic cotton, just look for the 100% organic label on cotton clothing or sheets that you are considering purchasing.
To see some of the great options available in organic cotton, check out the links below: