Why I choose to use Organic Cotton

Image via Alabama Chanin, a truly inspiring change maker.

I don’t use organic fabrics because I think they are best for your kiddo (even though I *do* actually believe that just might be true.)

I don’t use it because it’s a good marketing gimmick.

I actually find it quite hard to source and have been waiting on certain fabrics since June and the current estimate is that I will hopefully have them by Christmas (but probably not).

I don’t even use them because I think it’s ethically the best choice to make, even though the range is so limited the use of ‘range’ and ‘organic cotton’ in the same sentence is almost laughable.  I’m quite sure I could do more and sell more and make more if I included non organic cotton in my work.

But the one thing that stops me every time, is this:

I think of the farmers.  I think of the men and women and children , the families, who grow the crops.  I know that the organic cotton used by my supplier is grown in India according to strict GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) guidelines.  I know that those people and their families are not being exposed to harmful chemicals and sprays and fertilisers and weed killers.

It’s not for me, it’s not for you, it’s not for our kiddos.  I use organic cotton (as frustrating as that choice can be sometimes!) in honour of the farmers who grow it for me and out of respect for their health and well being.

If you dig too far into the world of textiles manufacturing it can get really ugly and murky and there is still a LOT of change that needs to happen, but for me, this small choice is what I can do right now to make a better future not just for me, not just for you and your family, but for a better future for those farmers and their families.  I don’t know about their working conditions (I would really like to know that they are wonderful but for now I just hope for it) but I do know that my choice means I can be absolutely certain that despite everything else, they are at least not exposed to chemicals harmful to their health.

2 Comments to “Why I choose to use Organic Cotton”

  1. Carolyn September 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Kathryn this is awesome! I have said it before but I could talk about textiles with you for hours! Carolyn x

    • Kathryn September 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      You, me, tea, scones, hours of talk that excites us and drives everyone else bat crap crazy… I’m in!! 😉


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