Organic Cotton Clothing
For our range of organic t-shirts and tops choosing organic cotton means higher quality products that are softer, kind to skin, better for the environment and the people that make them.
Organic cotton, is made from GMO-free plants that are grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals like fertilizers or pesticides. Organic cotton is better for the environment, the climate and the people involved. Unfortunately, less than 0.1% of global cotton production is Organic.
Organic Cotton in 10 seconds
Cotton uses more chemicals per unit area than any other crop, accounts in total for 16% of the world's pesticides, uses 20'000 litres of water per kilogram of cotton yield and ruins the lives of the farmers trapped in cotton poverty. There are lots more reasons to move away from conventional cotton and shop organic instead.
In our customer satisfaction surveys, Rapanui organic cotton is the top-grossing choice by fabric.
Organic Cotton production involves replacing the synthetic pesticides and fertilisers with natural ones, then using crop rotation and mixed planting to encourage biodiversity. This means less synthetic chemicals in the ecosystem, which is more important than it might first seem.
Organic Cotton is just about being an eco hippy, isn't it?
" True, organics are better for your skin particularly if you suffer form excema, but that's just our end. At the source those chemicals can be deadly. There's more to organic cotton than just a health kick."
Cotton growing is responsible for the release of over US $2bn of chemical pesticides each year, nearly half of which are considered toxic by the WHO. Cotton is often grown in poor countries where chemical handling equipment and training is non-existant.
An estimated 1 to 5 million cases of pesticide poisoning occur every year, resulting in 20,000 reported deaths among agricultural workers and at least 1 million requiring hospitalisation.
Organic cotton certification means less chemicals, increases biodiversity, a higher cotton price and a more sustainable farming business.
Synthetic fertilisers are carbon intensive. Switching to organic can mean large Co2 reductions too: To make one tonne of nitrogen fertiliser takes one tonne of oil, one hundred tonnes of water and creates seven tonnes of Co2.
Organic means less poverty, more biodiversity, security of supply, stable climate and better quality.
Cotton growers who make the transition to organic farming practices expect not only to offer a healthier and cleaner product, but also to command a higher, more stable price. According to the groundbreaking film, Dirty White Gold, nearly 300,000 indian farmers have committed suicide to get out of debt in the modern age. Consider this, their environment, their health, our climate and our clean water: When you grab a bargain, who pays for it?
Too many cotton farmers are victims of our disconnected shopping habits. There's also the bigger picture to consider.
Nitrogen fertiliser is a source of emissions in conventional textile crop farming. To produce just one tonne takes one tonne of oil, seven tonnes of Co2 and one hundred tonnes of water. Organic farmers work with nature to feed the soil and control pests. By choosing organic, Rapanui has a carbon footprint at product level well below the EU 20:20 targets set out for UK businesses. Imagine if every shopper - followed by every shop - made that switch.
The choice is yours.
Grab a bargain on the high street and let a community in India pay for it with a shorter lifespan, breathing pesticides from a sprayer that run over the ground into the food he feeds his family. On the right, a device on the farm that grows Rapanui t-shirts - it traps pests. No chemicals. Organic cotton here is planted with complimentary species, increasing biodiversity. It's worth more, improving the quality of life of everyone in the supply chain. It's a choice that we can all make.
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