ORGANIC is one of the most popular of our philsophies at Gather&See - it is something that really resonates. So naturally we are celebrating the Soil Association's Organic September this month. To kick things off, as if you needed any more of a nudge, here are 5 reasons you MUST shop organic. Read these incredible stats and then make a beeline for our Organic Cotton fave Kowtow's brand new collection which has just landed!
1. Help Protect the People Making Your Clothing
Up to 77 million cotton workers suffer poisoning and skin reactions to pesticides every year. By emliminating pesticides organic cotton offers a safer environment for workers and their families.
2. Support Small Scale Producers
An unbelievable 95% of cotton seed farming in India is controlled by one GM company. Supporting smaller organic farmers gives them freedom from these vast companies and their monopolies. Working on a smaller scale and within their limits using traditional techniques benefits these farmers and they are more likely to be part of Fair Trade initatives. Oranic cotton farmers also grow a variety of crops to maintain soil fertility which can help diversify their income and provide a backup income to cotton.
3. Help Clean Up Water Systems
The water pollution of organic cotton production has been shown to be 98% less than that of non organic cotton production. This helps keep drinking water and rivers safe and clean for those that live around them but also for the animals and marine life that are depend on them. Organic farming also leads to more efficient water usage and healthier soil which in turn helps give higher yields of crops in countries that frequently face drought and food shortages.
4. Help to Fight Climate Change
Climate change is quite possibly the greatest threat facing humanity today (if you don't count Donald Trump). The threat is real and urgent. Organic farming releases less CO2 in the air than regular farming.
5. Save your own Skin
As we all know the skin is the body's largest organ. So why would we put clothing that has been made with potentially hazardous and cancer causing chemicals in direct contact with it? Greenpeace's Detox campaign highlighted the fact that many brands have been found to be selling items containing higher than recommended levels of chemicals including NPE's which can affect hormones. It simply isn't worth the risk. Choose organic, choose safe.