Choosing organic clothing feels right, not just for your skin, but also for your conscience. Many conclude that the advantages of organically grown textile crops, which make use of sustainable practices, reach far beyond your closet You might not mind suffering for fashion once in awhile, but there’s no reason the entire planet should. Consumer scrutiny of the clothing industry for unethical labor exploitation and environmental pollution is increasing.
If cotton is the most plentiful fabric in your organic wardrobe, you are in good company. The Organic Trade Association notes that the sales of organic cotton clothing and household textiles increased 35 percent between 2008 and 2009. The environmental benefits of this organic choice stem from the fact that for U.S.organic certification, growers must produce cotton without synthetic fertilizers or toxic herbicides and pesticides, from non-genetically engineered seed.
The impact that the manufacture of your wardrobe has on the soil and water might be alarming enough, but imagine how farm laborers are affected. The 2010 version of the Global Organic Textile Standard requires not only safe, humane working conditions, including regular employment, fair wages and working hours, but specifies that employees cannot be underage or forced labor, and that they have collective bargaining rights.
From Greenliving at National Geographic.com