Why Are Organic Cotton Lanyards The Most Sustainable Option?

Why Are Organic Cotton Lanyards The Most Sustainable Option?

Posted by i-Lanyards on 21st Jan 2020

One of the most popular fibres used in textile production today is cotton. But not all cottons are “made equal”. Most cotton in the world used by producers is non-organic.

So how does organic cotton differ from non-organic cotton?

In short, the main factor that differentiates organic cotton from non-organic is that the production process does not harm the environment as cotton fibres are produced without the use of harmful chemicals such as insecticides. Non-organic cotton is processed many times more than other crops which means that to produce the right amount of cotton fibre, the following processing is required:

  • pesticides - pest control chemicals;
  • insecticides – insect killer chemicals;
  • herbicides - weed control chemicals.

All these substances cause irreparable damage to nature: they pollute the soil, air and groundwater. Cotton plantations account for 10% of all pesticides and 25% of insecticides used in the global textile industry. Producers force the earth to work "for wear and tear". Over the past 80 years alone, cotton fibre production has increased 30 times, while the total cultivation area has not changed. This leads to soil depletion. About 55% of seeds are genetically modified and resistant to herbicides.

Pesticides used in non-organic cotton production are dangerous for humans. There are thousands of registered fatal poisoning cases caused by pesticides. Both animals and insects suffer from these substances. Recently, mutations of some species of animals have been observed which from the standpoint of non-organic cotton producers means that adapted living organisms require more aggressive chemical treatment.

Compared to non-organic cotton, organic-labelled cotton is grown on farmer plantations located in ecologically clean regions. Unfortunately, the total amount of eco-cotton accounts for slightly less than 1% of the total cotton production, but its share is constantly increasing as more and more producers are becoming sustainable. Unlike ordinary cotton, only organic fertilisers such as manure and compost are used in the production of organic cotton. The seeds used in plantations are strictly organic. To repel pests, only natural remedies are used such as soap, garlic, pepper and other spices.

In the production of ordinary cotton, the same site is constantly used, which leads to the depletion of humus, i.e. the fertile layer of soil. As a consequence, producers increase the use of chemical fertilisers to compensate for soil depletion. On the contrary, crop rotation is used in the production of eco-cotton. If different cultures grow together on the same piece of land, then the soil is regenerated naturally which makes the whole production process of organic cotton environmentally sustainable.

i-Lanyards are proud to be a sustainable company offering one of the largest ranges of eco-friendly lanyards available on the UK market, including sustainable organic cotton lanyards at the most competitive prices. Organic cotton fabric is stronger than regular cotton. It will last longer and retain its pristine appearance. An organic cotton lanyard is reusable and withstands up to 100 washes before it begins to biodegrade, whilst ordinary cotton loses its structure after 5 washes. Organic cotton is softer, more tender, 10% more breathable, and completely safe as no harmful chemicals were used in its production, which makes it a more pleasant to the body and more sustainable material. Follow the link to discover our range of affordable custom Organic Cotton Lanyards or check our other eco-friendly materials such as BambooCorn Fibre and Recycled PET.