Sustainable fashion is more eco-conscious, and its right decisions depend on purchasing the right cotton. Fashion brands have moved to glorify that unlike all other organic things; organic cotton is better for the environment. Sadly, they do this because growing organic cotton is easier. However, organic cotton cannot solve all the problems.
Pros of Organic Cotton
Organic cotton doesn’t include any man-made evil while growing on natural pesticides and fertilizers. This organic and natural procedure has many positive effects on the environment as well as human skin.
Let’s have a look at the pros of organic cotton:
Unlike conventional cotton, which uses harsh chemicals and a huge number of pesticides, organic cotton grows in natural conditions. These harsh chemicals destroy the environment as well as affect you, your family, and the workers you barely care about.
Organic cotton is not dangerous for human health because it includes lesser amounts of pesticides and harsh chemicals.
Regular or conventional cotton messes up water quality and biodiversity. On the other hand, organic cotton production is a sustainable procedure. Organic cotton doesn’t cause global warming; that’s why we love it. But, that’s not it! Organic cotton is a grey thins; you’ll see when you read the cons section.
Colors are the beauty of the world, however, dying regular cotton is a harmful procedure. It includes water wastage and water pollution which negatively affects aquatic life. Dying organic cotton is more eco-friendly. It doesn’t mean that the cotton is dyed organically. Only GOTS certified cotton is produced and dyed organically.
Chemicals reduce the life span of cotton. Luckily, organic cotton is free from chemicals that’s why it is more durable than non-organic. Chemicals damage the fiber quality making it loosely connected. Organic cotton is more durable and better in quality.
Cons of Organic Cotton
You might be wondering; why am I supposed to buy regular cotton? Organic cotton is awesome enough! Let me tell you one more time, organic cotton is a grey thing. You should know about its disadvantages; so that you know it’s not that sustainable.
You might be thinking that organic cotton doesn’t include toxic chemicals and pesticides that’s why it’s more effective. But those chemicals are used for good purposes. They kill unwanted pests and protect the plant. Resultantly, conventional cotton seems to be more effective.
Let’s have a look at the cons of organic cotton:
Requires More Land
Organic cotton cannot be genetically modified to produce more cotton per plant. You can produce a huge amount of non-organic cotton on a small land. So, for organic cotton, we need more space, which leads to deforestation. Deforestation means harm to nature and the environment; which makes organic cotton less sustainable.
Requires More Water
Cotton is a thirsty crop, and conventional cotton soaks 20,000 litters of water for 1 kg cotton. Organic cotton may use up to water that is enough for two standard sized swimming pools. So, organic cotton requires more water, which is a waste of water.
We have realized that all the benefits of organic cotton were because of the lesser use of chemicals. But all the advantages are because they cannot be genetically modified. Not all the pesticides used are harmful, they are used to protect the crops. On the other hand, natural pesticides can be harmful too. Just because something’s natural doesn’t mean it is not harmful. Manure, animal poop has been used as a fertilizer, but it’s still poop that can be harmful to workers.
Having looked at all the pros and cons; it is hard to tell which cotton is better. However, I prefer buying organic cotton; because it aims at doing things better, as opposed to conventional cotton which aims at making more money.