We are in a climate emergency. The fashion industry is the second-biggest consumer of water, and is responsible for 8-10% of global carbon emissions – more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined.
Fast fashion is a BIG part of the problem, but as well as clothing, the fabrics we choose for our homewares also matter!
One answer to fast fashion is to buy less, another is to choose sustainable, eco-friendly clothing, like organic. As more people choose organic, brands are starting to source the fabrics that are responsibly made. Choosing organic clothes and textiles not only helps to combat climate change, but benefits people and nature too.
When it comes to choosing material for your homewares you want to pick something that is not only stylish but that is practical too. It needs to be soft to the touch, whilst also able to withstand some of the rough treatment that can only come with everyday life.
Cotton is a popular choice for cushions and other homewares. However, what you might not know about cotton is that you can choose from both organic and non-organic forms of the material. So, what is the difference and what is the better choice?
It is grown in healthier soil
The soil that is used to grow organic cotton is much safer than the soil that is used to grow the non-organic variety. The farmers of organic cotton will use entirely natural methods to create their soil such as composting. In creating healthy soil they are also creating soil that will soak up water during times of floods and hold onto the water, particularly important when it comes to times of draught.
There are no pesticides used during the process
Over one fifth of the water that is used during the growing process for non-organic cotton will have hazardous synthetic pesticides diluted within them. This is to ensure that the water is “safe” to enter the waterways. In comparison, organic cotton is not grown with any harmful pesticides at all, which means that you don’t have to worry about them making their way into our waterways at all.
They rely on rain
The area that organic cotton is grown is key to the process. You will find that the majority of farms are in areas that see a good level of rain. The farms will then rely on the rain to water the plants. This means that there is no need for them to extract water from the ground around their farm, putting a whole lot less pressure on the neighbouring communities.
It boosts the local area
Another great thing about organic cotton is that it is grown by local farmers. These farmers use their crops to fund their families and their homes. Not only this, but they are also more likely to employ people from the local area to do the work too. This is always going to be a positive boost to the local community.
As you can see, there are a variety of reasons why you might want to choose organic cotton over non-organic varieties. Not only is it kinder to our environment, but also ensures that the money made goes to smaller independent farmers. Which is always good news for the local communities.
Want to treat your home to some organic cotton cushions? If you do then why not check out our amazing range of organic cotton cushions. Not only do they look beautiful; but they are also a great addition to any home. So, what are you waiting for? Dive in to our collection and see what you can find.
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