Organic Cotton vs Non Organic
“Cotton accounts for over 50% of all clothing produced worldwide. Of course, growing and processing this crop needs to be done responsibly, and this is largely down to farming practices.” Cotton requires the most amount of pesticides compared to any other textile. Pesticides have been found to injure or even kill many people and animals each year. Cotton also requires a large amount of agricultural land, meaning more harmful herbicides. The toxins found in pesticides & herbicides remain in the fabric and are slowly rereleased throughout the garments lifecycles (which in fast fashion means a quick trip to the landfill) and adds to the toll on both the environment and human health. (GMO Cotton is even more water intensive)
Nomad's Hemp Wear on organic cotton:
"Organic cotton has all the benefits of mainstream cotton, and GMO cotton, without the serious downfalls.
- Organic cotton is pesticide free! With the amount of pesticides used in mainstream cotton production, it would seem impossible to grow cotton without it. Not so! Organic cotton farms use healthy resilient soil to bolster crop health. If they need to bring in the big guns, they use vinegar, garlic, neem oil, and hydrogen peroxide…really.
Less potable water use. Organic gardening practices use less “blue water” in their crop growth, relying more on grey water, and water recycling. In 2013-2014 organic production of cotton found a 91% reduction in blue water use, saving the equivalent of nearly 95,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools of fresh water compared to non-organic production according to the Soil Association.
- Genetic diversity. With organic gardening practices, seeds are developed slightly differently in every region. Seeds are collected and stored, and the strongest strains continue to develop and grow. With GMO production, more of the world uses only ONE type of seed. That means that if that crop ever fails, for any reason including some kind of pest or disease that has yet to develop, it could be a disaster. The more genetic diversity the better…for everyone.
- Fair trade. With organic cotton there are far more options for fair trade directly paid to smaller local farms. At Nomads we know where our cotton comes from, and that we are creating a sustainable local economy for that community. "
Nomad’s Hemp Wear talks about why they choose & love eco-farbrics such as Hemp:
“Hemp is a thoroughly ecological crop: highly productive, easy to cultivate and pest tolerant, so needing few or no agrochemicals whilst at the same time binding and enriching the soil with its deep roots. It is a traditional fibre, that went out of favour in the 1930s for political reasons, rather than practical ones. It is now at long last undergoing something of a revival”
Is a more recent addition to eco-friendly fashion. It is hypoallergenic, absorbent, fast-drying and naturally anti-bacterial and comes from a very fast-growing plant. Compared to its cotton counter part, it is far less absorptive of toxins and requires much less land and water.
Is made from wood pulp and must be produced and harvested with long-term sustainability in mind. Tree's require little assistance in growth in terms of water intensity & pesticides. Rayon is typically produced from Eucalyptus trees.
Similar to bamboo, soy is anti-bacterial, super soft, hypoallergenic, absorbent, fast drying. Soaks up dye meaning it takes less. Can be sourced from food production by-product, making it a recycled fabric.
is made from flax, another traditional fibre crop which needs few chemical fertilizers, and less pesticide than cotton.
Natural / Lower-impact Dyes
Low Impact dyes have a 70-80% higher absorption rate which mean less water needed in the rinse process in dying fabrics. They also require less toxins to make them stick to the clothing fibres. Although the most eco-friendly way to add colour to clothing is by using all Natural Plant Dyes. Natural dyes tend to be more susceptible to fading & changes from acidic foods or soaps but, they often give an all natural-worn-in look, making your pieces unique to you & your lifestyle.