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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