Pros and Cons of Organic Cotton

By Audrey Stanton

You may know by now that cotton is not good for people or the planet. There are a lot of toxic chemicals used in growing conventional cotton, as well as a lot of water waste. Sustainable fashion brands started using organic cotton as an alternative and the fabric is now very popular. One of the biggest sustainable fashion brands using it is People Tree. However, a debate over whether or not this is actually more sustainable comes up constantly in sustainable fashion communities nowadays. So, is organic cotton really a better option? 

Pros of organic cotton

PROS

People Tree Oliana Organic Cotton Loose-Fit Jumpsuit
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CONS

 

People Tree Women's Abigail Berry Dress
People Tree Dress

● The price is initially cheaper. Long-term impact on the environment: devastating.

● It produces lower yields, meaning more land must be used. 

● Organic might need more labor and time-intensive job. (Pro for the economy!)

● Some natural pesticides bring just as much harm as synthetic products. 

● Although certain standards for the manufacturing of organic clothing hold producers accountable, not every country has laws in place. 

It seems that organic cotton is definitely not perfect. However, the alternative (conventional cotton) still poses a threat to the people and the planet. Organic cotton remains a step in the right direction, though not the end of the sustainable fashion story.

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  1. I think that there is not enough information here to actually be of use. Can you elaborate on why a con of organic farming is that “the price is initially cheaper.” That doesn’t sound right at all so not having a more in depth description or data is confusing. I’m pretty sure organic cotton would be more expensive not cheaper. And how will it be “devastating” to the environment? Under the Pro section you said that “since its growing usually does not include harmful chemicals, less toxic runoff, air pollution, and overall greenhouse gas emissions occur” and that “it often creates less of an impact on wildlife, ecosystems.” Your statements seem to contradict one another. If you want to talk about how organic farming is “devastating” to the environment you really should include other details and facts. Fashion sustainability is a complex an nuanced subject matter and warrants more in depth and thoughtful responses. Also where are your sources? They aren’t cited anywhere that I can see so how is someone supposed to vet the information that you are addressing?

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