Conventional vs. Organic Cotton
Organic Cotton: Softer on Your Baby’s Bum, and the Environment!
Wondering why organic cotton has become so popular in recent years?
Cotton has been the most important textile crop to the human race for centuries, and that is not changing. Those fluffy white cotton bolls may look clean, but growing them conventionally can be dirty business.
Insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, defoliants, fertilizer, and lots of water are used to grow conventional cotton. Conventional cotton uses more insecticides—the most hazardous chemicals to human health—than any other single crop. After cotton is picked from the field and arrives at the mill, toxic dyes and chemical bleaches are applied during processing. The chemicals used for growing and processing cotton poison the soil, air, and ground water, and they have been associated with higher incidence of cancer and birth defects in both humans and wildlife. Have an aversion to genetically modified crops? The majority of cotton grown today is genetically modified to kill insects and/or tolerate herbicides used to kill common weeds. What is a conscientious consumer to do?
Fortunately, you do have a choice when purchasing cotton. Clothing, bedding, mattresses, towels, diapers, and more are now made with organic cotton—which some say is softer than conventional cotton! Many of GroVia’s products (all-in-ones, soaker pads and boosters) are made with IMO-Certified organic cotton.
What makes organic cotton different? Organic cotton is grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified seed. To supply nutrients and mitigate pests, organic farmers use crop rotation, cover cropping, trap cropping, and hand-weeding instead of chemicals. The seasonal freeze—not synthetic defoliants—removes the plant leaves so the cotton bolls can be harvested. Over time, these methods can improve soil fertility as well as keep groundwater and rivers free of synthetic chemicals. Organic cotton is more socially conscious as well. Organic farmers don’t suffer the consequences of pesticide exposure, they incur less debt, and the market value earns them higher prices for their crops.
So when you can… choose a finer fabric!