100% GOTS Certified Organic Naturally Colored Cotton: Proof That Not All Organic Cotton Is Created Equal

100% GOTS Certified Organic Naturally Colored Cotton: Proof That Not All Organic Cotton Is Created Equal 100% GOTS Certified Organic Naturally Colored Cotton: Proof That Not All Organic Cotton Is Created Equal 100% GOTS Certified Organic Naturally Colored Cotton: Proof That Not All Organic Cotton Is Created Equal

In this detailed article, the creator of the 100% Organic GOTS Certified Trend Baby Bandana Drool Bib  discusses the benefits in details of naturally colored organic cotton. There is cotton, there is 100% non-colored organic cotton (as many advertise their fabric as being, where PARTS of the product are organic, but not the entirety of the item), and then there is 100% GOTS CERTIFIED NATURALLY COLORED ORGANIC COTTON. The differences are not exactly common household information, nor are they subtle. To simplify, the difference between 100% GOTS certified naturally colored organic cotton, and an item that may have parts of the product being simply organic non-colored cotton, is like comparing juicy and succulent filet mignon to tough and chewy rump roast, chock full of gristle.

The Origins of Naturally Colored Cotton

Naturally Colored Cotton is the naturally pigmented fiber that grows in shades of green and brown. There are no pollution-causing fertilizers, harmful pesticides or chemicals used in planting, growing, spinning, and the finishing of fabric and garments. Naturally colored cotton is believed to have originated in the Americas around 5000 years ago in the Andes, but what do we know since none of us were around then? It’s an educated guess among noted historians and environmental researchers. Naturally colored cotton today derives in large part from pre-Columbian stocks created by the indigenous peoples of South America (Vreeland, 1999). Mochica Indians could be attributed with growing naturally colored cotton of myriad hues, which they maintained for over the last two millenniums on the northern coast of Peru. As time has gone on, we have seen naturally colored organic cotton also created in China, India, and the USA.

The Profound Benefits of Naturally Colored Organic Cotton

The Best Choice For Allergies, Rash, And All Skin Ailments

According to Dr. Frank Werber, National Program Leader for Fabric and Materials, Agriculture Research Service, USDA, naturally colored cotton is incredibly ecologically valid. Cotton fabrics with artificial dyes have been reported to have adverse effects on the skin and human health. Conventional cotton is very prone to insect attacks and large quantities of the most toxic insecticides are used in its production. Cotton accounts for about 25% of the global insecticides market by value and about 10% of the pesticides market.The intensive use of toxic insecticides and other toxic chemicals in cotton have caused serious health and environmental problems. Conventional cotton is produced throughout the process of dyeing and bleaching. There are thousands of harmful or toxic ingredients used in these processes, and the effluent is discharged to water and fields which cause damage to eco –system. It takes millions of years for restoration of this watershed to recover. Artificial dyes cause allergy and itching on the skin and sometimes may cause skin cancer. In cotton mills, several labourers come in contact with artificial dyes. Artificial dyes have adverse effect on their health. There is risk of skin cancer among the persons who regularly come in contact with artificial dyes. It is a known fact that most of dyes used in textile industries are carcinogenic.  

On the contrary, the fabric prepared from naturally coloured cotton lint is free from such adverse effects. There is no need of using artificial dyes, when the fabric is manufactured from naturally coloured cotton. Such fabric can be safely used even by those having sensitive skin. Thus, fabric manufactured from coloured cotton has been found to be the best for human health.

An overwhelmingly positive environmental affect that the Eco friendly can live with.

Conventional cotton is very prone to insect attacks and large quantities of the most toxic insecticides are used in its production. Cotton accounts for about 25% of the global insecticides market by value and about 10% of the pesticides market.The intensive use of toxic insecticides and other toxic chemicals in cotton have caused serious health and environmental problems. Conventional cotton is produced throughout the process of dyeing and bleaching. There are thousands of harmful or toxic ingredients used in these processes, and the effluent is discharged to water and fields which cause damage to eco –system. It takes millions of years for restoration of this watershed to recover.

Unlike naturally colored cotton, various artificial dyes are being used for dyeing of cloth manufactured from the white lint. After dyeing, the chemical residues in the form of dyeing or finishing affluents are thrown in nearby river contaminating water and soil. This forms a major source of environmental pollution. When the fabric is manufactured from naturally coloured lint, there is no need of artificial dyes. Hence the residues of artificial dyes will not accumulate in the drains. Thus use of naturally coloured cotton helps in reducing environmental pollution caused by artificial dye.

Enhanced UV protection

There is experimental evidence to demonstrate that naturally pigmented cottons, have excellent sun protection properties, especially when compared with unbleached white cotton that needs to be treated with dyes or finishes to obtain similar properties. It is hypothesized that the pigments in naturally pigmented cotton fibers are present to provide protection from ultraviolet radiation for the embryonic cotton seeds, however they can also provide protection from the sun’s harmful rays for consumers who wear garments manufactured from these naturally pigmented fibers. The UPF values of the naturally pigmented cottons examined in a university study remained high enough, even after 80 AFUs (AATCC Fading Units) of light exposure and repeated laundering, that the fabrics merited sun protection ratings of “good” to “very good” according to ASTM 6603 voluntary labeling guidelines for UV-protective textiles.

Like A Fine Wine, Naturally Colored Cotton Gets Better With Age

A very dramatic difference between traditional dyed white cottons and naturally colored cotton is the deepening natural color after washing. Naturally colored cottons do not fade in laundering as is typical of most conventionally dyed cottons. After laundering, the color becomes stronger and moreintense. During laundering the molecules will reorient to become smoother, causing the color to appear brighter and more intense. No dyes. No bleach. No chemical pesticides residues. No heavy metals. No AZo. No formaldehyde. No chlorinated phenols. Naturally colored cotton is soft,
natural, static-free and does not irritate the skin.

GOTS Certification A Game Changer for Naturally Colored Cotton

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres.

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