Organic Cotton: Everything You Need To Know

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today’s post is a guide to Organic Cotton.

Disclaimer: Organic Basics reached out and kindly gifted me some products which are featured in this post. You can use the code ‘JESSROB‘ for 10% off your order. The code isn’t affiliate.

Cotton’s Impact On The Planet & People

WWF says that 20,000 Litres of water is needed to produce 1kg (a t-shirt or a pair of jeans) of cotton – this is about 300 showers. The cotton industry uses 16% of the worlds insecticides (source). They can seep into local waterways and harm the ecosystems. The runoff can also affect the local communities through contaminated food and drink, which can cause health problems. There is also the issue of child labour within the industry. You can read more about the ethics of cotton here.

What Is Organic Cotton?

  • Cotton that is certified to organic agricultural standards (eg. by GOTS).
  • Cotton thats production promotes the health of the soil, ecosystems and people. It uses natural processes rather than artificial inputs.
  • Organic cotton farming does not allow the use of toxic chemicals or GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
  • It combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote a good quality of life for all involved.


How To Know If Cotton Is Organic

There are two certification boards: GOTS and OCS. To become GOTS certified, the products must be at least 70% organic cotton. GOTS looks at the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of the textile. Make sure to not fall into the trap of Greenwashing – check the label to see how much of material is actually organic cotton and if it has an official certification.

Why You Should Buy Certified Organic Cotton

Certified organic cotton helps the environment by not using GM seeds and avoiding the use of chemicals which allows the land to stay fertile for longer. This means that organic cotton can’t be chlorine bleached and the chemicals used in the process must meet biodegradable and toxicity requirements.

The people working in the industry also have safe, fair working conditons and pay.

Source: Good On You

Organic Basics

I was gifted the Organic Complete Pack. The products are 95% Organic Cotton and 5% Elastane (with GOTS certifiction). You can see individual information about each factory (here) and measure your impact with the impact index. The pack prevents 1.6 kilos of CO2, 870g of chemicals and 64g of waste (compared to conventional cotton & traditional practices).

The products are all so soft, made to last and have a great minimalist aesthetic. Swapping out your plain t-shirts and underwear for those made with organically is a really simple way to reduce your environmental impact. If you’d like to try it out, you can use the code JESSROB for 10% off of your order.

Have you tried Organic Basics? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

If you’d like to read about organic skincare, then click here. You can view the rest of my sustainable content here.

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  1. Oh my goodness, I had no idea that cotton production used so much water, that’s quite shocking. I do have a few organic cotton tops and they feel lovely so I’ll definitely be making more effort to only buy organic cotton now. Thank you for sharing, Lisa x

  2. I recently became aware of the impact of cotton on the environment and it was quite shocking. I think the vast majority of people consider it a ‘good’ material. Thanks for sharing how we can still use it in a better way x


  3. I feel like cotton is just one of those things a lot of people don’t think about when plastic and other materials are so prevalent in the media but this was definitely an eye opener and something I’m definitely going to consider when I purchase clothing. This brand seems like an amazing option for more eco friendly basics and I’m always looking for ways to be more conscious when I shop so thanks for sharing + bringing this brand to my attention x

  4. This was really informative. I had NO IDEA about the impact of cotton on the environment until I watched Stacey Dooley’s fast fashion documentary – it’s devastating. Especially considering everyone always assumed cotton is such an “innocent” material, as it’s not made from animals in any way x

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