A look at cotton farming and its impact on our planet and health
At Wolf Pup Threads we aim to be as eco-friendly as possible. All our t-shirts are made of 100% USDA Certified Organic, pesticide-free cotton and our slouchy beanies are made of bamboo and organic cotton. All these fabrics are sustainable and ethically made.
Ok, that sounds great but what does that even mean and who really cares?? We’ve all heard that eating organic food is better for us because it’s grown without any harmful pesticides. But how is wearing an organic cotton t-shirt going to benefit my kids and the environment?
Let’s start with some interesting information about how cotton is grown…
Did you know that conventionally grown cotton is considered the world's dirtiest crop due to its heavy use of pesticides? Cotton covers 2.4% of the world's cultivated land yet uses 24% of the world's insecticide and 11% of the world’s pesticides (WWF) - more than any other single crop! Pesticides are used to kill, reduce or repel weeds, insects and other organisms that can threaten crops. These chemicals are doused on cotton crops, wreaking havoc on our environment - getting into our soil, air and water, resulting in serious health problems for people and animals in the direct vicinity of these farms and beyond. These synthetic pesticides leach into the groundwater, flow into natural waterways and into our drinking water. Thousands of farmers and workers are poisoned each year from direct contact with these strong chemicals that are applied to the crops. According to the World Health Organization, 20,000 to 40,000 people die each year from pesticide poisoning and millions more suffer severe health complications.
Considering the sheer size of the apparel industry, reducing these harmful environmental and health impacts on our clothing production should be taken seriously.
So, what’s the alternative? There must be a way to make clothes without causing serious damage to the planet. Let’s take a look at a more sustainable way of producing clothing.
Organically grown cotton does not depend on chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or genetically engineered ingredients. Organic farmers use natural methods to maintain soil fertility and help control weeds and pests, such as crop rotation. These natural farming practices support biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, improve the quality of soil, and use less water and energy. Natural cultivation processes create strong and healthy crops, nutrient rich soils, and a safer environment for farmers due to the lack of chemical exposure.
It goes beyond cotton farming. When producing the fabric used to make an organic cotton t-shirt, no harsh chemicals or toxic dyes are used, making it a healthier alternative for your little ones health and delicate skin since they are more sensitive to external toxins.
The good news is we have a choice and a chance to change the way our clothes are made. More and more clothing brands are adding sustainable clothing to their collections. The more we continue to support the growth of the organic cotton industry, the more demand we will create for safer, healthier farming practices, resulting in a better environment and chemical-free clothing for our kids. When we choose to buy organic cotton clothing, we support organic farmers, ethical clothing production and we help keep our environment clean and safe for future generations.
And that’s totally worth it.
In our next blog post, we will focus on bamboo - another sustainable, eco-friendly fabric that we use to make our top-selling slouchy beanies with.