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Article: 4 Reasons Why Organic Cotton Makes Better Garments

4 Reasons Why Organic Cotton Makes Better Garments

Making the switch to organic cotton clothing is one of the best things you can do for the environment and for yourself! Many people don’t know what organic cotton is and how it differs from non-organic cotton. There are dozens of great reasons why you should buy organic cotton clothing if you are looking to fill your wardrobe with high-quality and sustainable options. Here are our top 4 Blue Canoe reasons why organic cotton makes better garments.

To start, organic cotton is grown without using harmful pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
This leaves the air, soil and water free from contaminants that cause pollution and
environmental harm. Farmers and local wildlife can rest easy knowing the cotton crops won’t poison their natural resources or make them sick. Regular cotton uses tons of pesticides and toxins that threaten the environment. These chemicals can run off the fields and into local water supplies while also being soaked up by plants and consumed by people and wildlife. Talk about TOXIC! Is a garment worth wearing if it slowly poisons the earth, animals and people who work to make it? At Blue Canoe, we think not, and that is why we believe organic cotton makes better garments.

Growing organic cotton uses less water than growing regular cotton.

Water is one of our most important natural resources! This is why conservation is so important and water waste is such a huge problem worldwide. Conventionally grown cotton is one of the most water intensive crops. It can take up to 713 gallons of water to produce a single regular cotton shirt! But not with Blue Canoe tee shirts! Growing cotton organically makes better garments by allowing farmers to reduce water waste up to 91% over conventional cotton crops! This means that up to 218 billion gallons of water can be saved each year. Rainfall can also be used to grow organic cotton which results in a decreased use of harmful irrigation. Too much irrigation can result in toxic runoff and further deplete the local groundwater.

After cotton is grown, no toxic dyes or pesticides are used to treat organic cotton.

Regular cotton contains chemicals that, when worn daily, can cause respiratory
problems, rashes, and allergies. Who wants to think about that when you are pulling on your favorite t-shirt or comfy leggings? Organic cotton is hypoallergenic. If you have sensitive skin, you may be reacting to chemicals found in non-organic cotton or toxic dyes and finishes. This is a huge reason why organic cotton makes better garments.
And even if you don’t suffer from skin sensitivity, most people don’t want toxic dyes or pesticide residue on their favorite clothes. Protect your home, environment, and body by only buying clothing made from organic cotton and dyed with fiber reactive non-toxic dyes.

Organic cotton results in a softer, premium final fabric.

Machine-picked cotton is roughed up during harvesting which can lead to weak and broken fibers. The chemicals used to process regular cotton further destroys the fibers and this is all before the cotton can be made into garments. Organic cotton is handpicked, which excludes the need for large polluting machines, but also results in softer cotton fibers. This means that garments made from organic cotton are better, stronger, and more breathable. You can feel the difference when comparing conventional cotton with organic cotton fabric. If you want clothing that is more comfortable, soft to the touch and durable wear after wear, organic cotton is the only way to go!

Wearing organic cotton clothing is not only good for the environment, it’s one of the best fabrics for your skin and wallet! This is why at Blue Canoe, we are committed to making all our garments using only organic cotton and organic bamboo. We regularly hear from our customers that they loved their switch to organic cotton because it truly makes better, more comfortable, and longer-lasting clothing.

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