Why Organic Cotton?
93% Of conventional cotton grown in the US is genetically engineered and contains an insecticide in the genetic makeup of the cotton plant. This insecticide cannot be washed out and thus is engrained in the cotton fabric. It was thought that by genetically engineering an insecticide into the cotton plant there would be less need for spraying pesticides, but this has proved to be false. More pesticides are being sprayed on cotton than ever before. Today cotton is the leading crop for pesticide use. Only taking up 2.5% of the earth's agricultural land, cotton accounts for 16% of all pesticide use.
"Organically grown cotton" is readily available through countries such as China and India, but unfortunately there is no regulation in the fabric industry to confirm the authenticity. What has been found is that the vast majority of "organic cotton" from China and India is in fact not organic, usually genetically engineered, and contains a heavy amount of pesticides. Conventionally grown cotton also is found to contain formaldehyde, a carcinogen, to reduce wrinkles.
This is why we source our un-dyed long-staple cotton from the USA, which is certified organic through the USDA as well as a third party certifier, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Our cotton is grown the way nature intended without the use of pesticides and free from genetic modification. It is free from formaldehyde or any chemical adulteration. Sourcing organic cotton from the USA also supports Texas family farms that choose to continue to represent the 0.2% of organically grown cotton in the US.