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We are in a climate emergency and kids clothes is a big contributor to water scarcity, but there is hope.
The Soil Association Certification are urging people to go organic.
Standard cotton growing cotton accounts for 69% of the water footprint of textile fibre production; just one kilogram of cotton takes up to 20,000 litres of water to produce.
Water scarcity as one of the top ten global risks to society over the next ten years, yet the majority of cotton is grown in countries that are already facing severe water stress.
The soil association wants more people to look at buying organically grown cotton, which uses up to 91% less water than conventional cotton.
Organic cotton works with, rather than against nature. By using natural techniques, good soil management and seed varieties that are drought resistant, and by growing in areas more suited to cotton farming that are rain-fed, rather than irrigated, organic farmers are saving precious water.
Fabrics carrying the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) logo have been made using low-impact dyes and inks in factories where waste water is properly treated before being released. As a result, organic cotton does not pollute water ways. And when you wash it, micro plastics don’t end up in the ocean (which happens when you wash synthetic clothes).
The story of organic cotton doesn’t stop at water. Textiles carrying the Soil Association or the GOTS logo have been made in factories that have met strict social and environmental criteria. This means that working conditions are safe, and workers’ rights are protected.
At Nature's Kids, we pride ourselves on having kids clothes with the GOTS certification.
Choosing organic clothing can have a positive impact on people and the planet.