There’s a lot of information about organic vs. conventional cotton clothing. So we’ve compiled the data and thrown in a bit of a “user’s guide” approach to purchasing organic! It’s super easy. And that little boost of knowledge is a big dose of empowerment! Check it out.
Would you spray some formaldehyde on a paper towel, let it dry, then stick it onto your baby? What about some glyphosate? We didn’t think so. Organic clothing is free from these and the litany of other things used in the farming and production processes of clothing manufacturing.
In the industry, cotton is known as “the dirtiest crop on earth.” This is not a reference to the plant itself. It is a reference to the vast amounts of pollutants used to grow it, including over $2 billion in pesticides annually. Pesticides and insecticides make their way into local water supply. Organic cotton is grown largely using rain water rather than irrigation. This protects water supplies and the clothes that you put on yourself and your families.
In fact, compared to conventional cotton, it is 46% better in terms of CO2 production. Buying organic is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. All of the pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides add up to a big impact on the air. Then add formaldehyde treatments and artificial dyes both in their own production and placed on clothing (two separate processes). Then multiply production scale to accommodate billions of consumers and you’re looking at a really significant level of air pollution. Air doesn’t just sit where it’s at; it circulates around the globe. Buying organic could halt all of that pollution permanently.
Fact: organic is more expensive than conventional. Another fact: not significantly more expensive. Another fact: always check out our sales (like this one, for girls’ clothing or this one for boys’). When prices are higher, it usually causes more thoughtful purchasing. And more thoughtful purchasing usually leads to prevention of over- spending, especially on items like clothes that are a necessity. Take back your spending power!
When you spend more on organic and less on conventional, that sends a signal to the larger economy that organic is your preference. Send that message right along! As an added benefit, much of the time when you buy organic clothing (and especially true for art & eden), you are supporting small businesses too.
Check out the first section of this article that we wrote under “Benefits of Organic Clothing: Avoiding Chemicals.” You’ll find that workers from farm to retail stores benefit most from organic products because they aren’t inhaling and handling chemically altered products for upwards of 8 hours every day. We love our community, we love our entire planet, and we honor all involved in bringing cotton to clothing.
Organic is simply more durable. The evidence is abounding- check this link for more info! And not only is it more durable (which all parents know is a huge plus), it is softer. Keep your babies’ skin soft throughout their childhood with organic cotton. Some evidence? Here ya go! Sleep in it, play in it, have lazy days in it. But by all means, shop organic.
The trend toward buying organic (textiles) really started its uptick in 2013. Here in the USA, we are second to Germany in organic textile preference. This is really good news, and shows that when you’re buying clothing made with organic textiles, you have a strong sense of consciousness toward choices you make and the impact of those choices. This is definitely a trend we support!
We think it warrants a mention- it actually matters that you vote with your money and lifestyle to show your preference for organic. It matters for you, your family, your community, the global economy, and our whole planet. Choosing organic is truly a win-win for all parties.
Just an FYI, organic cotton will fit the same as conventional cotton. It’s just softer and more durable!
We hope you and your families enjoy!