Organic clothing is clothing made from materials raised or grown in compliance with organic agricultural standards. Organic clothing may be composed of cotton, jute, silk, ramie, or wool. Retailers charge more for organic clothing because the source of the clothing’s fibre are free from herbicides, pesticides, or genetically modified seeds.
Authentic organic fabrics and clothing can help the environment in a number of ways, such as:
Use of pesticides and herbicides are not required
Pesticide or herbicide residues are not entered accidentally into the environment
Humans and animals are not exposed to pesticides or herbicides
When the fabric is discarded, pesticides and herbicides are not returned to the earth in landfill, or enter into recycling process.
Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land yet uses 16% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop. It can take almost a 1/3 pound of synthetic fertilizers to grow one pound of raw cotton in the US, and it takes just under one pound of raw cotton to make one t-shirt.