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Why Organic Cotton?

Although we may be mindful about recycling and consuming organic foods, are we really doing what’s best for ourselves and Mama Earth? It isn’t often that we think about where our clothes come from let alone the process of producing the resources and materials that go into one t-shirt. Making the simple switch from conventional to organic cotton can benefit both you and the environment – it’s a win-win!

Bohemian Mama strives to contribute to a better environment by carrying various brands like Rylee and Cru, Oma Mimini, Skylar Luna, and others who use organic cotton.

Amongst the awesome brands Bohemian Mama has chosen to support, we would like to feature Rylee and Cru. As one of our top-selling kids’ brands, Rylee and Cru has taught us how to be fashionable yet environmentally-friendly. Unique and artistic, this brand exemplifies compassion for creativity and the world in which we live.

By purchasing clothes made from organic cotton, you are reducing your environmental footprint. Here’s why:

  1. Soil and water isn’t damaged in the process of growing the organic stuff, sparing the harm of acidification by 70%. The methods used to grow conventional cotton, involving synthetic fertilizers, mono-crop culture, and intensive irrigation, tamper with the beautiful balance of nature.

  1. Methods of growing organic cotton doesn’t call for fancy fertilizers nor high energy usage. This means that, overall, less energy is used through the halt of fertilizer production, leading to a total of 62% less energy used. Likely the most crucial and meaningful advantages of saving energy is the decrease of pollution, which, in turn, supports a healthy atmosphere for our littles to thrive.

  1. The methods and materials to grow organic cotton use up about 71% less water than those of conventional cotton. Did you know that it takes 2,700 liters of water to make a conventional cotton t-shirt? That’s because conventional cotton practices require intensive irrigation, while organic cotton, with the help of crop rotation, is able to retain its own moisture within the soil and potentially save 91% of the water used. That’s more water for more important uses!

  1. With conventional cotton using roughly 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides, each purchase of a conventional t-shirt serves as a contribution to global warming. On the other hand, organic cotton grown in healthy soil creates a natural balance -no need for any extra stuff. By reducing the use of agricultural inputs, organic cotton lowers the chances of global warming by 46%. Most importantly, nine of the most commonly sprayed pesticides are known cancer-causing agents, which only cause air pollution, threatening our generation of littles.

Currently, only 1% of cotton grown worldwide is organic. By choosing to go with organic clothing, your purchase holds the power to influence every sector of the apparel industry – brands, manufacturers, and farmers alike. Although a little pricier, purchasing organic cotton clothing is investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil, and a better future – and that’s priceless. Each of us is given the choice of caring for Mama Earth and the others who inhabit it. You can make a difference one t-shirt at a time!

If transitioning to organic and ethically produced brands is something you’re interested in, we are proudly releasing Rylee and Cru’s new spring/summer 2018 collection on the 21st of February. The collection will feature organically-produced clothing and swimwear for women and children, and we think you’ll love it!

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 Images via http://aboutorganiccotton.org/,  Rylee and Cru

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