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Organic Cotton vs. Conventional Cotton

You may be surprised to learn that conventional cotton is considered the world's 'dirtiest' crop due to its heavy use of insecticides, the most hazardous pesticide to human and animal health. Five of the top nine pesticides used on conventional cotton in the U.S. are known cancer-causing chemicals. All nine are classified by the U.S. EPA as Category I and II— the most dangerous chemicals. (Refer to The Deadly Chemicals in Cotton for more information).

During the conversion of conventional cotton into clothing, many hazardous materials are used and added to the product, including silicone waxes, harsh petroleum scours, softeners, heavy metals, flame and soil retardants, ammonia, and formaldehyde-just to name a few ( Kadolph, S. J., & Langford, A. L. (2002). Textiles (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall).

This is what our babies' cotton clothing and bedding is made from!

Organic cotton farming avoids the use of chemical fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, defoliants or GMO seeds. The focus is on building healthy soil and plants through crop rotation and natural fertilizers such as compost and manure. The natural fertilizers retain water more efficiently. Organic cotton crops are protected through the use of beneficial insects and trap crops. Safe peroxide is used for whitening and low impact, water based dyes and inks are used for printing on the organic cotton fabric. Refer to the Global Organic Textile Standard for more information).


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