The Benefits of Organic Clothing are More Than Skin Deep
Organic clothing has grown steadily in popularity since 2003. Cotton is the most popular organic fabric material followed by silk, wool and hemp. Hemp is a popular organic fabric choice because it requires very little water and no pesticides to grow.
One reason for this growth in popularity is that organic cotton is free of any traces of the pesticides found in non-organic cotton. This is good for people who have sensitive skin or allergies. It is also a good choice for anyone who is concerned about the negative health affects associated with pesticides. Synthetic fibers can also cause allergic reactions for some individuals. Organic cotton is the material least likely to irritate sensitive skin.
Consumers who choose organic clothes can feel good knowing that they are not contributing to environmental damage due to heavy pesticide use. In addition to pesticide free farming practices, recent versions of the Global Organic Textile Standard also require safe and humane working conditions. These conditions include; fair wages and working hours, bargaining rights for employees and bans on underage and forced labor. It is nice to know that the people harvesting and manufacturing goods from organic textiles are receiving fair wages and humane working conditions.