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Article: Why choose organic organic cotton

Perché scegliere il cotone organico biologico

Why choose organic organic cotton

Our planet is facing unprecedented challenges in terms of climate and environment. This is why for a few years now we have been hearing more and more about eco-sustainable clothing . An effective solution to the problem of pollution in the fashion sector. And one of the most used materials in this context is organic cotton. Cotton has been around for thousands of years and has been cultivated for many generations for countless purposes. It is a light and comfortable fabric, an important part of our daily clothing so much so that it is considered the most used natural fiber in the world. It is used for the production of t-shirts, jeans, underwear, but also furnishing and home fabrics. But what makes cotton so special? Is it his soft touch? The comfort? The ability to absorb moisture? Duration? It is definitely all this together and much more! For example, it is accessible and affordable, widely available. Cotton is also considered one of the lightest fabrics, easy to dry and known to be more durable than other materials. But there's more. It is possible to grow cotton in a biological and organic way so as to reduce water consumption and eliminate the use of harmful substances: a widespread ecological system now used throughout the world. There are many good reasons to switch to organic cotton, as long as quality standards are guaranteed, such as the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) . But why choose organic cotton?


 

Organic cotton is better for the wearer first and foremost because it is a better quality. This is because the basic element is the staple fiber which is taken from around the cotton seed and then spun. If this fiber is kept in good condition, the thread will be softer and stronger, and so will the fabric made from that thread. That's why the fabric of CasaGIN garments is so soft and durable: we never compromise on quality, fabric weight or thread count and always use GOTS certified organic products, which means that the many harsh chemicals used in growing and in the production of conventional cotton are banned from the production of our cotton. In addition to the numerous herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides used to grow it, conventional cotton production includes some extremely harmful chemicals, including chlorinated benzenes, chlorophenols, endocrine disruptors, ammonia treatments, azo dyes, formaldehyde, chlorinated bleaches, and heavy metals. The use of all these chemicals is prohibited in the production of GOTS certified organic cotton: this way anyone can be sure of what they are wearing.



Organic cotton is a better choice for the environment. We are all becoming increasingly aware of the terrible impact our habits have on the environment and switching from conventional cotton to organic cotton can help reduce global warming. Organic cotton, for example, uses 91% less water than conventional cotton and contributes to increasing biodiversity.



Furthermore, unlike conventional cotton producers, who do not have to comply with rules and only aim to increase production, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton must comply with very specific criteria , which include evaluation of all chemicals in the compliance with toxicity and biodegradability, ban on the use of toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nanoparticles, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their enzymes, ban on chlorine bleaching, ban on azo dyes (which release carcinogenic amino compounds), strict limits on unwanted residues in all raw materials, intermediates, final textile products and accessories, ban on the use of printing methods with aromatic solvents, plastisols with phthalates and PVC, obligation to use waste water treatment plants, obligation to seal comprehensive records on the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and wastewater treatment, including sludge disposal and finally the requirement for all operators to have an environmental policy that includes objectives and procedures to minimize waste and the discharges.





Finally, organic cotton ensures better working conditions for those behind the scenes of the production system. In fact, it is estimated that around 100 million families worldwide depend on cotton cultivation, with 99% of organic cotton farmers living in developing countries. What is also generally not known is that the GOTS standard also strictly controls the social criteria used in the production of organic cotton to ensure that workers are treated fairly throughout.



The conventional cotton market is dominated by large producers of genetically modified seeds , with farmers forced to buy new seeds each year rather than save some of the previous year's crop. They must then purchase additional pesticides and chemical fertilizers to support these crops. Soils and waterways are damaged by harmful chemicals, which are often applied with inadequate safety measures, further contaminating surrounding communities and poisoning those who must apply these chemicals or who are unfortunate enough to live near the crop of conventional cotton. Damage to the local environment also reduces the ability of small farmers to grow additional crops beyond cotton, making it more difficult for farmers to diversify their incomes and provide food security for their families.



In organic cotton production, farmers can reuse seeds they saved from the previous year's harvest. They do not need to purchase harmful chemicals, which means those chemicals are not applied to their local environment. Instead, they nourish their soils, improving them for the future, locking in further CO2 and improving food security.



In short, organic cotton has characteristics that make it healthier for the wearer, healthier for the environment and capable of improving the conditions of the workers involved in the supply chain. What we use at CasaGIN is also manufactured in Italy and obviously GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified and therefore free of substances harmful to health. We work our garments in small Italian companies where textile work is still a manufacturing art, for true Made in Italy . We are convinced that only through a joint effort can we achieve an eco-sustainable but above all ethical objective. We have chosen sustainable fashion because we believe in the possibility of changing the world and we commit to this every day by creating garments that are a source of well-being for the body and for the Earth. This is why choosing CasaGIN means good.

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