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April 21, 2020

Earth Day Focus : Organic Cotton

Cotton is a natural material. It is grown in soil, then the fluffy fibre is picked and spun into thread. 

Cotton fabric has won popularity because of its breathability, lightness and being easy to work with and easy to wear and care for. 

This made cotton to be the most wide-spread crop on our planet. 

So choosing sustainable practices when it comes to Cotton could have the biggest environmental impact. 

But Why Is Organic Cotton Good For You & Our Planet? 

The Soil Association gives 5 benefits for Organic Cotton: 

#1 Eliminating Polluting Pesticides 

Conventional cotton alone is responsible for 16% of all insecticides sold worldwide. When chemical pesticides are used, they also need to be diluted with water to stop them from harming waterways. This operation consumes ⅕ of the water used in growing non-organic cotton. To tackle pest and disease, organic farming use alternative methods to hazardous pesticides, like crop rotation. Making it both clean and water-saving practice. 

#3 Healthier Soil 

Organic farmers use natural methods like composting to create healthy soil. Healthy soil acts like a sponge, soaking up water during floods and holding it for longer during droughts.

#3 Water Usage

Most organic cotton is grown in rain-fed fields. This means that organic farmers rely on rain-water to water their crops, and do not dig into ground water, which could put pressure on water supplies for their local communities. 

#4 No GMO

The use of Genetically-Modified seeds is banned from Organic Farming. This frees organic farmers from relying on big GMO corporations, as they can collect their own seeds year after year.

#5 Supporting Local Communities 

Part of being credited with the ‘organic’ logo means following sustainable practices as a whole. To be credited with an organic certification, the producers must comply with human and fairtrade practices, too. This means that choosing organic supports and empowers individual farmers and local communities.

So now you know a little more why choosing Organic Cotton is so important for our environment. 

Organic Cotton @ Psylo

Psylo is working only with the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) certified fabrics wherever and whenever possible. The GOTS is the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. This standard defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. To find out more about the Global Organic Textiles Standard click here.

At Psylo Fashion we use organic cotton in the following fabrics; 

Bamboo Organic Cotton: 70% Bamboo 30% certified organic Cotton 30s. The silkiness and natural drape of the Bamboo combined with the durability of Cotton. We used this fabric mainly for Men's Tshirts. 

Bamboo Organic Cotton Lycra: 65% Bamboo 25% certified organic Cotton 40s 10% spandex. A stretchy silky mix that combines the softness quality of Bamboo, with the durability of Cotton and the elasticity of Spandex. This fabric is used at Psylo mainly for Women's leggings. 

Thick Organic Cotton Lycra: 90% certified organic Cotton 40s 10% Lycra. A stretchy mix that gives stronger elasticity and durability to the soft Cotton. Used at Psylo for leggings.

Thin Organic Cotton Lycra: 93% certified organic Cotton 40s 7% Lycra. A classic mix that gives elasticity and durability to soft Cotton. Mainly used at Psylo for Women's tops, dresses and skirts.

Earth Day 2020 Organic Promotion

Marking Earth Day 2020 this week, we’ll be running a special promotion on our natural & organic collection. This collection includes all our organic Cotton fabric styles, as well as our styles made with sustainable bamboo fabric, and our up-cycled line.

From now until 27th April 2020 at midnight, you get 15% discount on all our natural & organic clothing and accessories with code: Organic15


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