What Is Organic Cotton?
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. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. (courtesy of the OTA)
How much organic cotton is grown globally?
In 2000-2001, international production was approximately 6,368 metric tons (slightly more than 14 million pounds, or 29,248 bales), grown in 12 countries, according to data from the Pesticide Action Network of the United Kingdom and from the Organic Trade Association (OTA). This represents about 0.03% of worldwide cotton production. Turkey and the United States were the leading producers of organic cotton, followed by India, Peru, Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt, Senegal, Israel, Greece, Benin and Brazil.(courtesy of the OTA) Organic Cotton Facts by The Organic Trade Association
How much organic cotton is grown in the U.S.?
Based on OTA's 2005 survey of U.S. organic cotton producers funded by Cotton Incorporated, farmers in four states harvested 6,814 bales (3,270,720 pounds) of organic cotton from 5,550 acres during 2004. This is an increase from the 4,628 bales harvested from 4,060 acres in 2003. Texas continues to lead the United States in organic cotton production, with limited acreage also planted in California, New Mexico, and Missouri. In 2005, U.S. farmers planted 6,577 acres of organic cotton. Harvest figures for 2005 are not yet available. courtesy of the Organic Trade Assoc.
Advantages of Organic Bedding
There are many advantages that come with purchasing organic bedding. If you are sensitive to chemicals, organic mattresses are a great option. Organic cotton and wool absorb, store and release moisture from our bodies in a more efficient way than polyester products.
Besides the health benefits that you will enjoy from your organic sheets, there are other environmental advantages of organic bedding. When you purchase organic bedding, you support the organic farming industry. This encourages agricultural methods that do not harm the environment. You also help to reduce the amount of potentially harmful chemical compounds in the air. Finally, you contribute to a recycling strategy. Organic materials decompose naturally back into the soil. They do not leave behind harmful toxins.courtesy of Robin Becker, Info Guru, Catalogs.com, Monday, April 09, 2007. For more reasons to use organic cotton: Why Organic Cotton is Better by The Mother Earth News