Organic clothing isn’t just for tree-hugging hippies. There are many benefits to purchasing organic clothing. Organic agriculture protects both the health of the planet and mankind. It reduces the overall exposure to toxic chemicals from pesticides and herbicides that end up in the soil, air, water and food supply. These pesticides and herbicides are associated with health concerns, such as asthma and cancer.
The USDA reported, in 1995, cotton was among the top 4 crops accounting for more than 85% of the herbicides used, and in combination with corn, accounted for nearly 65% of insecticides used. By purchasing organic clothing, we are supporting organic farmers and limiting the amount of pollutants that go into the earth and that our skin is in contact with. We are also helping to limit the amount of water used for production, since, due to the lack of pesticides, organic agriculture takes less water, which is beneficial during times of drought.
Besides cotton, there are hemp, bamboo, silk, wool, soy, and recylcled plastic forms of organic clothing. You can also find these materials in linens, purses, jewelry, pet beds, and other products. And the styles can range from casual to elegant attire.
To know if you are buying organic, take a look at clothing labels before purchasing. You want to make sure they state “100% organic ” and “Certified Organic”. Also, don’t be afraid to look at your favorite department store for organic clothing, but if you don’t find what you want there are a large variety of online stores you can choose from.
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