Organic September Day 8: Organic Textiles

8 Sep 2015

Buying organic doesn't just start at food and end at beauty products, you can also buy organic clothing and textiles. 

Buying organic textiles means that there are no pesticides used in cultivation, which in turns leads to less pesticides ending up in our ecosystems. When the pesticides are sprayed onto the crops, it goes into the air, the soil and the plants as well as the water in the ground, which can cause havoc to our ecosystems.
Organic cotton has many benefits for ourselves, the environment and the people who are growing it too. The workers aren't subjected to harmful pesticides every day and the practices are more sustainable and often Fairtrade. It is much better for the environment as organic practices have a lower carbon footprint and the whole process uses less fuel, water and energy, whilst emitting fewer greenhouse gases. If you have allergies or chemical sensitivities, you may benefit from wearing organic clothing as conventional cotton may still retain harmful residues which you're then wearing or using all day. Buying organic cotton rather than conventional cotton means that you're getting pure textiles rather than highly processed cotton that has been subject to chlorine bleach, heavy metal dyes and formaldehyde resins. 
Think about how much we may use - clothes, towels, flannels, blankets and feminine hygiene products - almost every day!

A few brands I like that use organic cotton include;

People Tree - One of my favourite eco fashion brands as they are Fairtrade and use organic cotton in almost all of their clothes, whilst still being fashionable. Get 10% off A/W 2015 using code ABT10.

ASOS Green Room - ASOS now have a dedicated section on their website for more ethical, eco friendly brands and textiles.

Natracare - A feminine hygiene brand who sell organic cotton sanitary towels, tampons and face wipes. Certified organic, chlorine free, plastic free and biodegradable materials mean this is much more environmentally friendly than your standard feminine hygiene products & much better for you too. 

TOTM - Another feminine hygiene brand and the brand whose tampons I use myself. They offer a subscription service where you can order every month or two months, but cancel at anytime, meaning you'll never run out! 

Liv - This website sell a range of beauty products, clothing and homeware that is eco-friendly and they sell organic cotton clothing brands too.

Mendill - I have tried some of their towelettes before which are great for just keeping in your handbag or purse when you need a bit of a freshen up.

But how do you know if it's organic? Good question..
It's the same as beauty brands and foods...look for the certification logo. You'll find the Soil Association logo on some but there's also the GOTS symbol - Global Organic Textiles Symbol which means it has been grown and produced to an organic standard.You may also spot the OE100 symbol which means it has been grown to an organic standard and contains 100% organic fibres but hasn't necessarily been processed to an organic standard. And finally there's OE blended symbol which means it has at least 5% organic fibres. 

You can read about more organic textile brands on the Cottoned On website.

Do you buy organic textiles? What do you think is the most important to buy organic?

Amber
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