The "organic" label applies to any natural product that has been produced without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or hormones, thus organic garments are those that have been manufactured without chemical products and this is beneficial for the environment and consumers.

The “organic” label applies to any natural product that has been produced without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or hormones, thus organic garments are those that have been manufactured without chemical products and this is beneficial for the environment and consumers.

The main raw material in the garment industry is cotton and growing it requires enormous amounts of chemical products. Specifically, less than 3% of agricultural land is planted with cotton crops but 20% of all plague control substances and 22% of all insecticides in use are utilized in this 3% of land.

According to WWF, of the 46 chemical products commonly used in cotton, 5 are considered “extremely dangerous”, 8 “highly dangerous” and 20 “moderately dangerous”.

Cotton pickers in developing countries suffer from respiratory ailments, eye infections and skin irritations. The results of the use of chemicals in the land are eutrophication, salinization and pollution which also damage wildlife.

Also, a whole series of chemical products are used in processing cotton in order to soften the fibers: whiteners, dyes, fixatives, etc… a total of up to 8,000 different chemical products can be used in the production of a single T-shirt.

Organic cotton is grown in 22 different countries. In Africa alone there are 25,000 organic cotton growers.

It seems to be a successful business model and a money saver because ecological agriculture uses natural alternative techniques to get rid of plagues and these come at a lower cost than regular plague control products.