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Time to "Organic" your September...

Posted on September 01, 2017 by Noorin Khamisani | 0 comments


Outsider Organic Septmber 2017 

Every year the Soil Association encourage us all to "Organic" our September.  So of course we are joining in with this important awareness raising campaign.  

Choosing Organic whether in food, cosmetics or clothing brings benefits to us all, individually and collectively. 

As the Soil Association clarifies "Organic means working with nature, not against it. It means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment - this means more wildlife!"

We offer styles in both organic cotton and organic wool. We source our fabrics from certified organic suppliers. 

The Soil Association have put together these great 5 reasons to choose organic fashion:

Organic fashion & textiles are kinder, cleaner and better for our environment

1. Better for the environment

Organic fibres are grown without the use of synthetic fertilisers or potentially toxic pesticides. By building soil fertility, organic farmers help lock CO2 into the soil, helping mitigate climate change. It also avoids the use of the toxic pesticides that, in non-organic systems, are responsible for poisoning wildlife and rivers, as well as killing an estimated 16,000 people each year.

Soil Association Organic September Cotton Farming

2. Better for workers

Organic farming helps farmers feed their families, as other crops, which can be eaten or sold, are grown alongside the main crop as part of the crop rotation.

3. It's non GM  

GM is banned in organic systems, while an estimated a significant amount of all cotton grown worldwide is genetically modified. GM cotton poses a potential risk to wildlife and human health, as well as exposing farmers to unnecessary expense.

4. There's restricted use of chemicals and limited residues

GOTS ensures that the chemicals used in processing textiles meet strict requirements on toxicity and biodegradability. Final products are restricted in the amount of allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemical residues. These residues can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and may cause allergies, skin rashes or respiratory problems.

In contrast, non-organic manufacture uses tens of thousands of acutely toxic chemicals, many of which are classified as hazardous by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

5. Factory conditions are better

Poor working conditions and rights in the garments industry are common place. GOTS certified organic textiles must meet social criteria based on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions. These cover minimum wages, working hours, child labour, freedom of association, discrimination, harsh or inhumane treatment and more.

 

So some ways to "Organic" your September are to buy some of our organic cotton or organic wool garments, our organic fabrics or even organic beauty.  

 

Enjoy 20% off all Womenswear orders over £100 with code: ORGANICSEPT

(Valid throughout September 2017.)


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