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9 July 2016

Why The Time Is Right To Go Organic

Contributor Emma Reinhold

People Tree cotton farmers

The Soil Association - the leading environmental certification and campaigning body in the UK - reveals 5 crucial things you need to know about going organic. Image: People Tree organic farmers

From clothing to personal care, and cotton to wool, sales for organic textiles continue to grow; in 2016, the Soil Association’s Certification licensees increased sales by 16% to £21.6 million.

Organic fashion and textiles are taking the lead in this growth by offering truly kinder, cleaner and better products. Under GOTS the whole supply chain, from field to final product is certified AND we against environmental, animal welfare, social and working standards, ensuring that disasters like Rana Plaza will never, ever happen again.

Organic is the most reliable, transparent and rigorous system available across the globe for ensuring sustainable production. When it comes to making sustainability claims you can trust, nothing beats it.

Here are five reasons organic should be on your radar:

1. Organic gives control to farmer, not GM companies – organic farmers don’t have their choices controlled by GM companies, meaning choices are put in the farmers’ hands.

2. Organic eliminates hazardous synthetic pesticides – organic cotton doesn’t use dangerous pesticides, protecting farmers’ lives, local wildlife and the environment.

3. Organic helps farmers feed their families – organic cotton enables farmers to grow other crops for food and income, providing food security for local communities and helping them find a way out of poverty

4. Organic helps save precious water – organic cotton uses less water, preserving a scarce and precious resource for the future

5. Organic helps to combat climate change – organic cotton farming uses less energy and healthy organic soils store more CO2

Soil Association will be celebrating these and the many other benefits of organic textiles during Organic September which champions all aspects of organic, from food to health / beauty and fashion. Find out how to get involved here.

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