– September 13, 2016 –

Why use organic cotton?

At Little Green Radicals, we believe in the best of the best, which is why we use 100% organic and Fairtrade cotton and are excited to be supporting the Soil Associations Organic September.

Cotton is one of the most widely used crops grown for use in clothing production. Since clothing is not a food crop, the pesticides, herbicides and chemicals used on it are not regulated. Even though just 2.4% of the world’s agricultural land is planted with cotton, cotton accounts for 24% of global insecticide use and 11% of global pesticide use annually (1).This is bad news for farmers who handle it, the flora and fauna of the local environment, and for babies too.

Why is this?

Babies skin is thinner, more fragile, less oily and more porous than adult skin, meaning that babies and children are at greater risk for pesticide related problems than adults. Buying organic cotton safeguards your baby from pesticides and chemicals that are simply not used when growing organic cotton, which is good news for the babies who wear it, the farmers who farm it and nature definitely benefits too!

At LGR we meet strict environmental and social criteria to attain Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification for all of our cotton. Our Natural collection is made from super soft, unbleached, undyed organic Fairtrade cotton which is perfect for all babies, including those with allergies, eczema or sensitive skin. Our beautiful organic baby skincare range is hand made in Dorset using wonderful organic ingredients and a number of our products are certified by the Soil Association – hurray!

Great for cotton farmers 

Organic cotton benefits farmers and their families in a number of ways. Pesticide can be extremely harmful to work with, and non-organic farmers have to spend a huge amount of their income on buying pesticides, insecticides and chemical fertilizers (2). Farming organically gives farmers much more financial freedom, and being a Fairtrade company also means that our farmers receive a guaranteed minimum price for their cotton alongside many other benefits. We are proud that Little Green Radicals was one of the first companies in the United Kingdom to receive Fairtrade certification, for all of our cotton grown by our farmers in India.

Great for the environment

       Pesticides, insecticides, and other toxic chemicals used in the growing and manufacturing of non-organic cotton pollute oceans and rivers due to run-off, devastating large populations of wildlife on land and in water, and interrupting the delicate balance within ecosystems.
In the most extensive study of its kind, scientists have discovered that organic farms in England were found to contain 85% more plant species, 33% more bats, 17% more spiders and 5% more birds than non-organic farms, making organic farming hugely important for the future of our biodiversity and environment (3). Studies conducted in other countries yielded similar results. As 40 % of the land on planet earth is used for agriculture, with 11 % being used for crops (4), it is important that we are conscious of the environmental and social impact of farming.

We love organic cotton here at LGR and hope you can join us in spreading the word!

(1) Cotton Farming, Cotton: A Water Wasting Crop, WWF
(2) Organic Cotton, Soil Association
(3) Organic Farms “Best For Wildlife”, BBC
(4) Farming Claims Almost Half Of Earth’s Land, new studies show, National Geographic News, 2005