The Low-Down on Organic Cotton Fabrics
Conventional cotton is cultivated with a huge array of pesticides and insecticides and is also one of the largest crop contributors of toxic pollutants. Processing cotton can also bring a variety of more chemicals with additional treatments such as formaldehyde which assists in a wrinkle-free fabric.
Organic Cotton means the crop is organically-grown and processed from start to finish. The land must be free of any chemicals for three years prior to planting the seeds. During the growth of the cotton, no chemical sprays are introduced, and in the final production stage no chemical treatments are administered.
Certified Organic Cotton means a third-party is looking over the shoulder of all stages to ensure the criteria is being met. Currently, the highest standard used world-wide for organic cotton fabrics is GOTS-Certified. GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard, which covers the fabrics we use to manufacture CozyPureŽ
Even with these standards in-place, most consumers are unaware of the abundant textiles available to manufacture "green goods" and the opportunity to market products misleadingly, otherwise known as "greenwashing".
A perfect example is mattress ticking, the fabric used on the outside of a mattress.
Many mattresses offered today are marketed as "organic cotton" or "bamboo" fabric, however they neglect to tell you the content breakdown (blend) of the fabric. Mattress ticking knits are comprised of three components: The face (top side), the fill (inside), the back (bottom). The majority of "organic cotton" knits feature organic cotton on the face-only. That is, the inside and bottom of the knit is still made from polyester. These fabrics are advertised to the consumer as "organic cotton" even though only 33% of the fabric is really organic.