I didn't realize or even think about until recently, that the conventional cotton that I chose is still having a huge negative impact on the environment and on health.
First of all, when we wear and wash synthetic clothing, we are poisoning our waterways (rivers, lakes, & oceans) and our food supply. Microbeads have recently been banned because they were ending up in our waterways and food supply but even more problematic are microfibers from our clothing. One wash load may release up to 700,000 microfibers. These fibers are being found in the flesh of fish and even animals higher up the food chain.
Secondly is conventional cotton. Conventional Cotton is the world's dirtiest crop. It uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides. Also, 20% of industrial water pollution in the world comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. Also factor in forced labor, child labor, and factory collapse - it's a mess. Organic clothing companies, like PACT, saw a need and are setting out to change that.
Organic cotton reduces the impact on the environment. No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton. It doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton.
Organic farmers are held to strict regulation and oversight, including inspections. Organic cotton clothing is often manufactured under higher standards as well. Companies that manufacture organic clothing often have the same sort of values as their consumers.
We know that organic foods are better and prevent us from ingesting toxic chemicals. But we aren't eating our clothes, so why does it matter? We spend nearly all of our lives covered in fabric - clothes, pajamas, towels, and sheets. It matters because those chemicals used in the growing and manufacture can and are absorbed through our skin. Chemicals that disrupt hormones, mess with endocrine function, attack the immune system and could be carcinogenic.
PACT Organic offers clothing for men, women, and children that are certified organically grown cotton and adhere to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to certify their entire supply chain is free of chemicals from GMO's to dyes all the way down to the packaging. Responsible global citizens and they offer it to all of us so that we can be.
PACT specializes in cotton basics. Everything is so soft and comfy. Their clothing feels good on your skin and peace of mind.
I know sometimes it feels like the more we learn the more we're told something we have been doing for years is unhealthy and then we have to change it. It is true. We are advancing and with that comes knowledge. When we know better, we do better. We only have one Earth and one life, choosing to take healthy steps everytime we know better only makes sense.
Remember we consumers decide the market - what we chose now become more readily available tomorrow.