You Can’t Eat Organic Clothes, So Why Wear Them?

photo of a woman holding organic fruits and veggies and wearing a 100% organic cotton t shirt that is better for the environment

Ok, ok we get it! Organic food is actually important. Most people don’t want to swallow loads of pesticides and other harmful chemicals every time they sit down for a meal. Which is why Americans are choosing organic food products more than ever before. But clothing? Really! Now we not only have to worry about what goes in our mouths, but on our backs?! What’s next, an organic house? Well, you never know. But for now, let’s focus on why choosing organic fabrics over non-organic matters. And why what you wear not only makes a fashion statement, but has an environmental impact on nature, your overall well-being, and even your health.

TOXIC ENVIRONMENTAL BUILD-UP FROM PESTICIDES

Toxic build-up. In our environment. That definitely sounds bad. But it's happening. And all that scary sounding build-up is creating real problems. In the soil. The air. And...gulp...in humans.

Human health problems have been linked to chemicals found in non-organic cotton farming and clothing production. What's worse, since these studies are very new, experts believe that the full negative human health effects of cotton farmers using pesticides and fertilizers has yet to be determined.

How can such a thing happen? By natural absorption. Agricultural poisons that are absorbed into the soil and water where cotton is grown and harvested eventually find their way into plants that are consumed by humans and wildlife. In addition, these toxins end-up in our shared water system every time non-organic clothing is washed.

pesticides used in cotton farming can be harmful to human health, wildlife and effect the biodiversity of the area where it's grown

JUST BREATHE, OR DON"T IF YOU LIVE NEAR A FARM THAT USES PESTICIDES

Obviously, field workers are exposed to toxins during planting, harvesting, sorting and packing. And those pollutants don’t stay on the farm. They are released into the air and can be also be dangerous to nearby people, animals and businesses. In fact, there’s no telling who or what will suffer the consequences of massive pesticide sprayers and toxic fertilizer spreaders

source of microplastic picture

ARE YOU SHEDDING? THE ANSWER IS YES IF YOU'RE WEARING NON-ORGANIC SYNTHETIC CLOTHING

Not being rude, just asking a logical question. The answer is yes if you’re wearing non-organic synthetic clothing. Many synthetic materials shed fragments of plastic when they’re washed. These microfibers have a measurable, detrimental effect on not just the quality of our water, but the oceans and the well-being of aquatic life. Aquatic life, like the fish you eat! And if you use sea salt, you might just be eating salt that is seasoned with plastic microfibers.

people wearing organic message clothes

GO NATURAL WITH ORGANIC CLOTHING GROWN WITHOUT THE USE OF PESTICIDES OR OTHER TOXINS

Not nude, for goodness sake. You’re not an animal. It simply time to upgrade your wardrobe to include healthier, earth-friendly items. And no, organic doesn’t have to mean drab. Nowadays, some of the cutest clothes  have gone green. From crop tops, to t-shirts and sweatshirts, and even tote bags, going organic is definitely on trend. Look for brands that carry organic cotton products and produce all their products ethically using green manufacturing and sustainable manufacturing. You can also look to third party certification organizations like OEKO-TEX® that ensure that clothing and accessories have been tested for harmful substances and that the clothing is harmless for human health. 

So go natural! It looks great, feels good, and can make a world of difference to human health and the health of our precious planet. 

You can use these search words to shop online for sustainable and earth friendly fashion: organic cotton, sustainable fashion, vegan fashion, ethically produced, eco-friendly fashion, earth friendly clothing.