THE MAKE | organic cotton
We make garments mindfully with the intention to care for and support our Earth along the way.
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In order to be considered organic, cotton must be grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or GMO seeds; and on land that has been free from said toxins and GMOs for at least 3 years.
Here's why we love it :
01. Unlike conventional cotton, organic cotton comes from unaltered plants made the way nature intended (non-GMO), meaning the plants genetic makeup has not been modified in a lab using genetic engineering or transgenic technology to be resistant to pests or “stronger and healthier”, “provide a faster crop” to “make a faster profit”.
There has been a link to chronic and accute health issues such as allergies, immune disorders, kidney damage, endocrine dysfunction and cancer to workers of GMO and pesticide-ridden fields.
02. Organic cotton leaves a smaller environmental footprint. It uses 62% less energy than conventional cotton in production of fertilizer alone.
03. Conventional cotton uses 16% of the worlds insecticides and 7% of pesticides (that's A LOT). Organic cotton uses none.
It’s a vicous cycle :
Sure, a farmer can grow a lot more cotton with the use of chemicals/GMOs, but ONLY in the first few growing seasons — until the soil becomes dirt (infertile + stripped of nutrients) for future crops, and the ground water becomes contaminated. The land then requires GMO seeds to grow in infertile conditions, and water from outside sources.
The “stronger and healthier crop”, “faster crop” and “faster profit” of this cycle is only temporary. Our Earth is forever.
04. Organic cotton is 80% rain-fed, which reduces pressure on local water sources. The absence of chemicals means water that runs off or soaks into the earth is clean and safe for the surrounding communities.
05. The largest cotton producing nation is India, where we run 90% of our production. Only 1% of cotton grown in India is organic, and we couldn’t be more proud to support that 1% (and in turn support this percentage to go up — it’s a supply and demand type of deal).
Case Study :
Egypt is a major cotton-producing nation — I mean, who didn’t lust for Egyptian cotton sheets in the early 2000’s!? By implementing advanced organic farming techniques, Egypt has cut down its usage of artificial fertilizers and pesticides by more than 90% and achieved an overall 30% growth in production.
Let’s all try to be more like Egypt.