‘When we heal the environment, we heal ourselves…’
A country needs to be organic to sustainably contribute to the world. This procedure includes fewer toxic pesticides residues and is grown using no Genetically Modified Seeds (GMOs). An organic country also an organic world are one of the few steps that must be taken as precaution for our better health, our environment and also the animals around us. But in order to get there and start this initiative, we have to keep taking such steps and develop with the changes as they come. Cotton makes up to 50% of the world’s fiber needs, but the majority of it is grown with toxic chemicals. It is often referred to as the ‘fabric of our lives’ and for good reasons we come in contact with the items made from cotton, every day.
Did you know?
- Organic clothing processes help preserve the soil for future generation by farming in a way that sustains nutrients and harbours beneficial living.
- Around 150g of pesticides are used to make a single T-shirt.
- Toxic chemicals used in conventional farming supposedly causes cancer in adults and neurodevelopment problems in children. Around 20,000 people die in a year from pesticide poisoning. These chemicals take serious toll on our environment as well as human health.
- If garment producers switched to organic cotton, the world would be using 25% less agricultural chemicals.
- Up to 1/3rd of a pound of chemicals are used to grow single conventional cotton. Well, that’s likely more than what your finished T-shirt weighs!
- Organic cotton uses far less water for the crops without using pesticides. Yet, less than 1% of all cotton grown is organic!
In India, Sikkim is now the only organic state with no chemical pesticides or fertilized GMO seeds. India is a place with high rates of pesticide use. As a result, it is a nation tragically marked by very high rates of farmer suicides, children suffering from unusual diseases and what not. Thus, any increase in organic farming will help the entire country to reduce the number of difficulties for the people moving towards eco friendly clothing as well as the farmers. The geographical heartland for most of these sustainable start-ups is India, the second-largest manufacturer of textiles in the world, behind China.
Let’s dig deeper into how India is contributing to organic cotton:
- Cotton plays an important role in the Indian economy as the country’s textile industry is predominantly cotton based. India is one of the largest producers as well as exporters of cotton yarn. The Indian textile industry contributes around 4 per cent to country’s gross domestic product (GDP), 14 per cent to industrial production and 15 per cent to total exports earnings.
- The Organic practices in India is catered to other countries in the largest amount.
- It has departed its sluggish growth trend in Europe and also improved by leaps and bounds by manufacturing world class garments which give tough competition to the International garments, their style and texture.
- The states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Punjab are the major cotton producers in India.
- In Europe, it is marked that more than 30% of clothing today is organic cotton and the interesting fact is that while most of it is grown in India and exported, India’s own market will still take quite sometime to reach there.
Where on one side, the concept of organic clothing is gaining ground in most of the cities like Telangana, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Pune, many of us still believe that mass awareness for organic clothing is missing in India.
Organic methods and fair trade practices help the farmers experience improved health benefits, especially in developing nations. Conventional means of cotton may lead to poisoning, but organic cotton method is a much safer option for farmers so they can guarantee healthy lifestyle. The methods associated with conventional cotton practices create environmental impacts and social concerns which contributes to industrial pollution, air, water and soil contamination every day.
It also affects the economic and physical health of the farmers and industrial workers. Skin and lung diseases among many industrial workers are found to be another issue. In addition to getting rid of such harmful processes, it is believed organic clothes are beneficial for consumers who are suffering from allergies as well as it derives benefits for every general consumer. To be noted, conventional cotton occupies 3% of the world’s farmland, but uses more than 25% of the world’s harmful chemical.
Organic clothing or organic farming might seem to be very new to a lot of people but that is the way it has always been done. It is only in the last few decades that people have given that up because of commercial interests. The last two generations have been a big revolutionary change in terms of demand for cotton textiles and the eventual competition amid the manufacturers. Thus, it’s important for us to put this idea of changing for good to implementation once again.
“Take care of nature and nature will take care of you…”