…on the tenth day of Christmas my green friend gave to me…ten cotton socks…nine ginger plants…eight straw bales…seven chocolate bars..six pounds of spinach…five milkweed plants…four smart bulbs…three Amazon Echos…two Ecobees…and a live Christmas tree!
On this bitter cold (yes for Florida it is bitter cold) tenth day of Christmas 10 organic cotton socks…5 pairs (lol!) is a very useful gift from my green friend! The pair pictured is actually a pair I received…how fun! They are so comfortable and I love Pact’s story and the fact they use Fair Trade Certified™ factories! Nylon and polyester socks just don’t keep your feet as warm as cotton and organic cotton is my preference for any clothing or linens. If you wear organic cotton clothing or use organic bed linens you know how soft it feels!
Organic cotton is grown using organic methods which use less water and the plants are not treated with pesticides, herbicides, insecticides or other harmful toxins. You may say “Big deal” not thinking about other ramifications such as the farmers’ health, the workers who pick the cotton, consumers, wildlife and the land. If you have a baby and use cotton diapers you probably don’t want your infant exposed to those chemicals that are absorbed through the skin! If you have allergies, skin sensitivities or chemical sensitivities you might find switching to organic cotton provides relief or eliminates those reactions. You might even find that your medical bills decline with fewer skin related doctor visits!
Approximately 25% of the world’s insecticides are used to grow conventional cotton and about 10% of world’s pesticides goes to growing cotton making conventional cotton more expensive to grow, store and produce material. In addition to increased water usage, farmers use genetically modified seeds which cost more and require the use of pesticides, fertilizers and insecticides adding to the production cost. Most of the water that seeps into the soil contains harmful chemicals which may not be filtered from the water you ultimately drink and is used in your home. Your skin absorbs these chemicals when you shower or wash your face or hands. The safety standards for organic cotton are much higher than conventionally grown cotton as the products must be certified organic making organic cotton a much healthier choice.
The next time you buy clothing, bedding or anything cotton why not try organic and feel the difference yourself! If you have already switched to organic cotton products due to skin allergies or rashes share your experience with others in the comments below.
If this is the first post you have read of my Twelve Days of a Green Christmas and you can’t figure out what the heck I am writing about or why I’m writing about the Twelve Days after Christmas click here to read how this all began. Thank you for reading my rendition of the Tenth Day of Christmas and I hope you join me tomorrow for the Elevnthth Day of a Green Christmas!