Why choose Organic?
We’re all familiar with the term 'organic' when it comes to clothing and we’re told it’s better. But do we know why? What are the benefits to us and the environment and why should we buy it?
Firstly, let's look at what we mean by 'organic'. Organic textiles are anything that's grown for the production of fabric that isn't treated with chemicals, pesticides or fertilisers. Organic cotton is left to grown and treated naturally- farmers remove any weeds, pick the cotton buds and remove the leaves by hand.
Organic cotton feels softer, smells cleaner and is kinder to our skin and less likely to trigger allergies. Due of the way it's grown and treated, it is normally stronger and lasts longer because it hasn't been damaged by machines or chemicals.
Let's take a look at some of the ways organic cotton is better;
The benefits of organic cotton begins in the soil. Farmers use healthier soil and avoid all synthetic chemicals. Using healthier soil means less water usage as the soil can hold more moisture and encourages biodiversity. A win for the environment!
Because organic cotton doesn't use chemical fertilisers, it means that less nitrogen and phosphorus is deposited into the water supply.
Conventional cottons are chemically bleached, coated with starches and chemically dyed or printed. All of which come into contact with our skin when worn. It’s no wonder our skin as consumers become irritated and we suffer with allergies and eczema!
Organic cotton is processed using no harsh chemicals and coloured with nontoxic dyes – making it a perfect fabric to use on our little one’s delicate skin.
But worst of all many of the farmers in developing countries producing cotton become ill or die due to lack of equipment and knowledge about the substances they are working with every day to make a living. Sadly, it’s still common to find child workers in the cotton industry too.
In the manufacturing process, they remove the leaves of the cotton plant by either freeze drying or using water, rather than by toxic chemicals, known as defoliant.
Organic cotton production enhances farmers lives by being safer to produce, and under GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) guidelines, ensures they have fair working conditions.
At Two Bears, we make sure that all our products are made with natural fibres and source organic cotton whenever available.
We’re passionate about having a positive impact on the planet, whether that be by making sure all of our packaging is biodegradable or recyclable, or making sure all products are made with care and the best quality to make sure they last wash after wash.
We love pre-loved clothes and we’ve saved our favourite outfits for our own little ones, we don’t support disposable fashion and want our products to be used again and again.