Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm products and on management systems that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.
National Organic Standards Board – April 1995
We know that organic is a healthy choice to make when buying food products. Vegetables that are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are safer and more nutritious.
Cotton has long been considered by consumers to be a natural and healthy fabric that has become the world’s most popular clothing material. It is easy to forget that cotton is a crop, and as such is subject to the same growing conditions as the food industry.
Conventionally Grown Cotton
Conventional cotton growing techniques move to the beat of the ‘Chemical Drum’. One-third of a pound of chemical fertilizers are used to produce one pound of cotton. But it doesn’t stop there. Chemical pesticides and herbicides keep the biotech company’s toxic beat going. Farmers get trapped on a ‘Chemical Treadmill’ driven by industrial quotas and profits. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) considers 7 of the top 15 pesticides used in conventional cotton growing systems in the United States as ‘possible’. ‘likely. probable, or known carcinogens…..and the beat goes on.
“If people really understood the connection of environmental damage to their own lives, they would be much more motivated to preserve and protect the environment”
Dr. Eric Chivian – Harvard’s center for Health and the Global Environment
Organically Grown Cotton
Working with nature is the guiding principle behind organic cotton farming. Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. This helps to protect the health of people and our planet by reducing our exposure to toxic chemicals that end up in the ground, air, water, and food supply.
We Have a Choice
The ‘Artisnal’ concept of the organic food market has been an important part of its acceptance and growth. The same is now true for the organic clothing industry. At Itsus Eco our styles are created in a ‘Hand Made’ environment where the focus is on the artistic and organic value of the design. System Green comes to the market wrapped in a presentation of ethical farming practices, respect and concern for our environment, and a social compliance that protects the health and well being of all the people that work in our manufacturing process.