We obviously love organic baby, toddler and kids clothes here at Ethical Enfys, so we figured it was about time we wrote a post to highlight the benefits of organically produced childrenswear. Read on to find out why organic is best for the everyone on the planet (including your kids!).
Organic Farming Helps Tackle Climate Change
Non-organic farmers use fossil fuel based fertilisers to grow their cotton. The production and use of of these fertilisers contribute to our ever increasing carbon footprint and rate of climate change. In contrast, organic farmers work with nature to cultivate healthy soils which store carbon, thus helping in our battle with climate change. According to soil association, organic cotton emits up to 46% less greenhouse gas than non-organic.
Organic Cotton Saves Water
The healthy soils that organic farmers cultivate are better at retaining water than soils damaged by the toxic pesticides and fertilisers that are used in non-organic cotton production. This means that the soil soaks up water during floods, and holds it for longer during droughts.
The Farming Communities Get A Better Deal
A staple of organic farming is crop rotation for pest and disease control, meaning farmers are always growing other crops alongside cotton. These alternative crops provide farmers, their families and the local community with stability, as they are not reliant on a single source of income. It also means they are able to diversify their food supply and income sources.
Organic farmers also enjoy greater flexibility than their non-organic counterparts, as they aren't reliant on genetically modified seed companies and the varying costs of hazardous chemical cocktails for pest and disease control.
On top of this, the farmers are protected from the dangers of prolonged exposure to the chemicals in synthetic pesticides and fertilisers!
It's well documented that synthetic pesticides poison waterways, damage ecosystems and cause harm to anything that is exposed to them (including humans!). According to soil association, non-organic cotton is responsible for almost 20% of all insecticides sold worldwide. Just imagine the damage that is being done by that amount!