What Makes Organic Cotton an Eco-Friendly Cotton Alternative?

What Makes Organic Cotton an Eco-Friendly Cotton Alternative?

Published on Apr 5th 2016

What Makes Organic Cotton an Eco-Friendly Cotton Alternative?

So you’ve probably already heard about the green movement and how several businesses are making efforts to promote a more sustainable environment. With designated dates such as World Water Day and Earth Day holding a significant presence around the globe, it’s easy to see why so many industries are collaborating in their own individual way.

Whether you’re a hotel or spa owner providing guests with eco-friendly alternatives, or you’re shopping for gifts for your loved ones and yourself, going the organic route provides a host of benefits. Why not opt for organic cotton garments? Organic cotton products are among the most environmentally sound items around for various reasons.

Negative Effects of Conventional Cotton

Prior to about five decades ago, growing cotton wasn’t hazardous to the environment, until harvesters began using fungicides, pesticides and other chemicals to treat the crop. Cotton’s nature is attractive to various types of insects, which is why conventional farming methods started constituting the use of powerful insecticides to protect the crops.

Generally, these insecticides and pesticides are applied to the cotton field through the form of aerial spraying. These insecticides actually make up about 25% of the total amount used worldwide. Most of the chemicals used are actually carcinogens, which are essentially released into the air, affecting more than just the targeted region. Take for instance, the food we eat containing cottonseed oil.

Genetic modification also joined the list of popularly used farming methods for cotton. Additionally, synthetic fertilizers are used on the soil, and ultimately, the growth of the same product on the same land (monocrop) results in a loss of soil. A heavier amount of irrigation is necessary for maintaining the crop due to the easy loss of soil moisture.

Toxic chemicals are also released in the air when they’re used as defoliation techniques in traditional farming processes. Moreover, when conventional cotton is often bleached with chlorine, those chemicals are also dispersed into the air. And finally, substances like formaldehyde are used with other compounds for the finishing.

Positive Effects of Organic Cotton

The use of numerous hazardous chemicals in conventional cotton growing has led to negative effects on the environment with the widespread circulation of substances in the air. The general public is not only exposed to such harmful chemicals when they’re breathed in, but also when cotton-based products are worn.

Unlike the seeds of traditionally grown cotton, organic cottonseeds are untreated and they’re free of genetically modified organisms. Crop rotation methods are also used to help effectively retain soil moisture to omit the need for heavy irrigation. Chemical use is replaced with the utilization of more naturally occurring matter.

Trap harvests are grown alongside the cotton crops to attract harmful insects and protect the cotton breed. Some biopesticides like bacteria and some viruses can sometimes be used for controlling insects and weeds. As for the organic defoliation practice, water management and icing temperatures replace traditional chemical use for a more biological result.

Safer peroxides are used in the whitening process, too, while the finishing process involves the use of soda and warm water. Rather than using products with high sulfur matter that can escape into the ecosystem/water systems and be absorbed through skin, more natural dyes are used in the manufacturing of organic cotton items.

Unrivaled Quality

Not only is organic cotton safer for the environment, but it also makes for a higher quality garment. Since machines are more widely used to harvest conventional cotton, the cottonseeds and the oil they contain are mixed, resulting in the need for potent chemical cleansers to sterilize the cotton products. This eventually alters the composition of a cotton garment, while polluting the atmosphere.

Organic cotton harvesting involves the handpicking of the cotton to assure a cleaner result. When the microbial agents are eliminated, and the raw constituents are sterilized using natural elements with warm water, the cotton fibers maintain their strength instead of being weakened by chemical detergents.

This results in a stronger, more durable cotton garment with a prolonged lifespan. Since organic cotton is harvested without the use of harmful fertilizers and pesticides, they cause fewer allergies than conventionally grown cotton garments. Farmers and those who wear organic cotton products could all protect their health.

Choosing Organic Cotton Bathrobes

With so many benefits associated with wearing organic cotton items, it’s hard not to join the green movement. At Boca Terry, you can find a selection of organic cotton bathrobes in addition to our large assortment of luxury bathrobes.

Available in different variations, including cotton terry and velour, our organic bathrobes are composed of 100% certified organic cotton and feature several practical compartments. Ideal for wearing at the beach or after a relaxing shower, the bathrobes’ durable nature matches their absorbent nature.  Here are our organic bathrobe models:

  • Organic Basic Kimono
  • Organic Classic Shawl Collar
  • Organic Lightweight Waffle

Each bathrobe comes with large front pockets that provide enough room for storing personal belongings. They can also be stored with ease thanks to the inner hanger loop. Double belt loops allow for adjusting the belt height to flatter just about any silhouette.

Each style can suit a myriad of preferences as they each blend a soft and cozy feel with performance for optimal comfort. Boca Terry’s organic bathrobes are easy to wash and pack, too, as their flexible nature makes them easy to move around in.

Contact Boca Terry for Premium Organic Bathrobes

The luxurious organic cotton terry bathrobes from Boca Terry are made using only the safest eco-friendly techniques to assure an environmentally sound build. Each bathrobe that leaves the doors of our overseas factories must pass our quality control procedures before being delivered.

For more information about our organic selection of bathrobes, call us today and we’ll be more than happy to assist you with any questions you might have.

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