What is Organic Cotton?

Previously we have spoken about ringspun combed organic cotton but most of that discussion centred on the "ringspun combed" element. Today, we're placing the spotlight solely on organic cotton.

When we think of organic food, we have become accustomed to thinking- good for the environment and good for us. We put forward the case that organic clothing should be thought of in a similar vein.

Taking organic cotton as an example, it requires 91% less water than its water-obsessed brother; astonishingly, 700 gallons of water are needed to produce a single cotton shirt. One person can drink at least 7 cups of water per day for three-and-a-half years and still not hit that figure. Furthermore, organic cotton also emits 46% less CO2 emissions.

organic cotton farmer

From a health and wellbeing perspective then, toxic substances are not used to grow organic cotton. Consequently, farmers do not need to wear expensive protective equipment to handpick their stocks. Handpicking of crops is still the norm in large cotton producing countries like India. 

To finish, soil quality is enhanced through the growing of organic cotton. This is because it leaves space for important creatures such as beetles and worms. Healthy soils store carbon which helps to fight climate change, in addition to soaking up water during floods and subsequently storing water for longer during droughts.

Thankfully organic cotton's popularity is on the rise and here at Fódla we say long may it continue. All of our ethically produced tees are made from 100% organic cotton. Meanwhile our unisex sweatshirts are a combination of organic cotton and recycled polyester. Aside from our organic clothing garments, our sustainable gilets and windbreakers are made from 100% recycled polyester.

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