When we think of ‘organic’ normally our minds will think of food going into our bodies and the effect that non-organic foods have on our bodies. It’s becoming easier to eat organic foods as they filter more into the mainstream, however organic isn't just about food. Today we’re going to talk about some of the more hidden benefits of choosing organic, starting with how it benefits workers all over the world.
When you choose organic, it’s not just your body it’s benefiting, it’s the health and wellbeing of farmers all over the world. In many countries, there aren’t strict regulations on pesticides, and the conditions the farmers are having to work in are extremely poor. This means that everyday farmers are being contaminated with pesticides, which is detrimental to their health. By supporting organic farming, we push for more regulations to be put in place, so that workers have a safer environment to work in.
In organic cotton farming especially, farmers are able to earn a lot more money and have a more stable income as the ground is suitable for growing other crops in, so even if the cotton harvest fails, they have other crops to fall back on.
Organic textiles are filtering more into mainstream fashion, and buying organic cotton in particular is becoming easier to source. This is fantastic as it means that organic farming is more valued than it perhaps was, and it is easier to show support of organic standards in farming.
When choosing to buy organic food or materials, it’s important to look for organic certification as this ensures that the ingredients/fabric is actually organic and has met their standards of verification. It also ensures more rights for workers and better working conditions, helping the environment, people and animals, so you know that the produce has come from an ethical working environment.
- wants to ensure the highest possible standards of animal welfare, environmental and wildlife protection, so they have their own higher – or stricter – standards in key areas
GOTS - Global Organic Textile Standard
- Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified
- defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well