Do you want to become a more conscious and sustainable consumer? Then one of the first steps is to get to know the different materials. Choosing organic cotton is one of the things you can do to get a somewhat greener wardrobe. But what exactly is the difference between organic cotton and "regular" cotton? And why is it better for the environment?
The benefits of cotton
Cotton is a natural fiber that grows around the seeds of the cotton plant. It is usually spun into threads, which is then used to make clothes or other textiles. Cotton is one of the clothing industry's most widely used materials, and can be traced back thousands of years! Cotton is breathable and soft, and therefore perfect for making everything from t-shirts, sweaters and pants, to underwear and socks. Cotton is also very durable and can withstand countless washes.
What is organic cotton?
Although cotton has a number of positive properties, it is no secret that traditionally grown cotton has environmental challenges - such as the fact that production requires large amounts of water, fertilizer and pesticides. This also has an impact on the people and animals that live in the area where the cotton is grown.
Therefore, organic cotton is a good alternative. Organic cotton is produced without chemical pesticides, without fertilizers and without genetically modified seeds. Significantly less water is also used during the production of organic cotton compared to traditional cotton. During the production of organic cotton, the farmers also use the local resources in a long-term and renewable way. Organic cotton is better for both humans, animals and the environment.
Our suppliers work according to the certification schemes Global Organic Cotton Standard (GOTS) and Organic Cotton Standard (OCS). There are independent third parties who certify textiles as organic. GOTS is a world-leading, international standard for organic textiles. They require that at least 70% of the garment be made from organic materials. But GOTS sets not only strict criteria for the raw material itself, but for the entire production process - from farm to transport. In addition to environmental requirements, they also have strict guidelines when it comes to labor rights, such as the minimum wage.
How to wash organic cotton
Organic cotton can be washed in the same way as regular cotton. All our garments have washing instructions on the label inside the garment, so you are sure that you wash it correctly. In general, organic cotton should be washed at around 40 degrees, but this can vary. We recommend that you use a liquid detergent, as it is more gentle. Remember to zip up the zipper, close all the buttons and turn the garment before washing it in the washing machine. If you want your organic cotton garment to have the longest possible life, you should drop the dryer and rather hang it up to dry.