Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers and build biologically diverse agriculture.
Pesticides are a disaster for health and environment ! Cotton uses nearly 25% of all insecticides applied to agricultural crops on some 2.5% of the world crop area. About 30 treatments each year. One million people are poisoned and 22,000 die each year as a result of sprays used on non-organic cotton (estimation of the World Health Organisation) : these are the environmental and health results of the cotton crop.
Irrigation is also a worrying problem in cotton crop. Cotton is the third consumer of irrigation water of the planet after rice and wheat, but before corn, vegetables and fruits. Depending on the used techniques, between 7,000 and 29,000 liters of water are needed to produce one kilogram of cotton whereas “only” 900 liters are needed for a kilogram of wheat and 1,900 liters for a kilogram of rice. More than 50% of the cotton grown in the world is irrigated. No need to say that water is an increasingly rare resource.
According to the fourth annual Organic Exchange Farm and Fiber Report 2009, organic cotton production grew an impressive 20% over 2007/08 to 175,113 metric tons (802,599 bales) grown on 625,000 acres. Organic cotton now represents 0.76 percent of global cotton production.
BeFre is continuously looking for new eco-friendly products and fabrics. That's why BeFre tries to convince its customers to replace conventional cotton by organic certified cotton. The cotton bags and packaging supplied by BeFre are GOTS-certified (Global Organic Textile Standard).
Thanks to organic cotton, allergic risk is low. We can absorb the harmful chemicals used in cotton production through our skin. The health impact of this is even greater for babies and young children. Producing organic cotton is important to protect workers and their families, the environment and the whole population.
Organic cotton is softer, smooth and very comfortable to wear.
All through the process of manufacturing organic clothes, no chemical products are used, except during the dying process.(Source : ota.com)