Natural Fiber Organic Clothing
Organic, pure and simple, is the way nature intended it. When you buy clothing made with certified organic fibers you can rest assured that they were grown in a manner that reduced the impact on the environment without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. You will also experience the incredible softness of their long wearing fibers.
The Trouble with Conventionally Grown Cotton:
Cotton that is certified organic is grown with consideration for the natural biodiversity that needs to exist in order to nourish the soil, ward off pests and disease without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and minimize environmental impact. Many claim that organic production methods minimize damage to the cotton fibers, thus creating longer fibers that translate into softer clothes that wear longer.Cotton is a heavily sprayed crop. In fact, globally, 25% of annual insecticide use is attributable to cotton production. Not only are conventionally grown cotton plants sprayed during the growing season, but they are often chemically treated prior to harvest as well. This pre-harvest treatment is used to kill the plant leaves and encourage the cotton bolls to open. However, the problem goes far beyond any residual chemicals that may lie in the fibers of our clothing to the devastation of earth's soil, pollution of her waters and air, and harm to the plants and animals who rely upon these resources.
What is Organic Wool?
The organic certification of wool encompasses both the farming practices used in raising the animals and the processing of the wool after it has been sheared.
Animals raised organically enjoy spacious organic grazing land and feed. In order to obtain organic certification for their wool livestock producers have to ensure that they do not exceed the natural carrying capacity of the land on which their animals graze. Genetic engineering, synthetic hormone use, and synthetic pesticide use are all prohibited. On non-organic farms pesticides may be sprayed on the pastures, given internally to the animals, or used to dip the animals in to combat parasites such as ticks and lice. Pesticides used to dip sheep are known to cause health problems in humans. Some are water soluble, thus increasing the risk of groundwater contamination. Toxicity to fish and amphibians has also been noted. Organic livestock farmers provide decent living conditions for their livestock that promote the health of the animals, thus increasing their natural resistances.The conventional processing of wool subjects the fibers to another chemical barrage. This treatment strips the wool of its natural lanolin grease. Wool that is certified organic is further processed using only materials that are allowed in organic production. Usually, this means simple soap and hot water washing. Processing in this manner retains the natural lanolin in the wool. Because the lanolin is still present the resulting yarns and fabrics are quite water resistant, making them ideal for outerwear, footwear, and diapering products. Certified organic yarns and fabrics are divinely soft. Many who find conventional wool to be itchy are pleasantly surprised to find that this is not true with organic wool. Some who claim to be allergic to wool have found that they are not bothered by organic wool at all. It has been suggested that it may be the chemicals used in the processing of conventional wool that are actually the culprit rather than wool itself.