We think a lot about organic. Usually, this is in the context of foods. And there’s been so much research done on the importance of eating organic. So we know, at least in one area of life, that organic matters.
Did you know that organic clothing also matters?
See. Our skin is a semi-permeable substance. That means things go in and things go out. This helps the body eliminate toxins, in conjunction with our internal organs. Skin is the only external organ that interfaces with the world.
- It absorbs about 64% of total toxins present.
- Up to 70% of newborns have skin conditions.
- 85% of people ages 12-24 have one or more skin conditions.
- Fast forward in time to over the age of 65 where 50% of Americans have two skin diseases.
Combine this with a stunning fact: Cotton is one of the most sprayed crops in the world. And get this. Cotton makes up about 3% of total farmed land and uses 25% of insecticides and 10% of pesticides worldwide.
That’s one heck of a lot of pesticides to be putting on a permeable organ of our babies’ bodies. Frankly, we’ll take a pass and err on the side of organic is better.
Did you know that organic cotton not only uses none of the aforementioned pesticides but also requires 88% less water than conventional cotton, as well as 62% less energy overall?
Organic cotton works symbiotically with your babies’ bodies and the environment. Throughout the entire production process you, your family, or the workers’ that manufacture organic cotton clothing are protected from the inhalation or absorption of toxic chemicals.
So those crazy skin condition statistics; imagine a different world. One where organic cotton is the norm (whereas now less than 1% of the cotton manufactured for clothing is organic) rather than the extreme exception.
At art & eden, we are working to get organic cotton as the norm for children. We inherently care about our futures, and especially the futures of our children.
So let’s use that level of care to rewrite these statistics.