What to Consider When Buying Organic Clothes

Shopping for clothes is something that most women enjoy, and that many men hate. However, more and more consumers are becoming concerned about the state of the environment, and are switching to environmentally sustainable products, including clothes, out of care for future generations and Mother Earth.

Here are some things to consider when buying organic clothes.

Organic cotton1. Make sure the product is truly "organic." Only products made from ingredients that cause no harm to nature at any point in their life cycle can be considered authentically "organic." This means that the materials used in the garment have been grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, antibiotics, additives, or genetically modified organisms. Organic farms don't just produce plants to make fibbers that mills turn into fabric and clothing. Genuine organic farms work hard to sustain the health of the soil, the environment and the people involved in the process from start to finish.

Organic Baby Clothes2. Just because it's cotton doesn't mean it's organic. Cotton has been a mainstay of human clothing since the time of the Egyptians. However, industrialized agriculture in the 20th century turn cotton into an even more damaging crop than it previously was. Cotton takes a lot of the nutrients out of the soil and leaves little behind. Agribusinesses, and even well-meaning agriculturalists, have used synthetic chemicals fertilizers, additives and pesticides on cotton crops to deliver larger yields. These chemicals go into the environment, where they affect the water, the air, other kinds of plants and the animals that eat those plants. In comparison, authentic organic cotton is naturally cultivated to maintain the health of soil, water and air.
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3. Recognize that there's a cost to saving the planet. Even those who have long been devoted to organic clothing sometimes complain about its cost. For example, methods of cultivating organic cotton take more work. Fields are fertilized naturally, while weeds are removed with tractors or even by hand and natural methods are used for insect control. It takes at least three consecutive years of growth before a farm can gain certification as a grower of organic cotton. This means the farmer puts in a big investment before the crop is harvested and sold to clothing manufacturers.

However, each purchase of an organic garment is a vote for this type of sustainable farming. This means that more farmers and manufacturers will be willing to go into the organic business. And that's good news for everyone, including Mother Earth.