One distinguishing feature of organic cotton is its certification by the Global Organic Textile Standard/GOTS. Whereas traditional cotton incorporates toxic chemicals to extend its lifespan, organic cotton retains its natural strength and durability, according to Whole People, a sustainability newsletter. With seeds that are neither treated nor genetically modified, organic cotton is handpicked to preserve each fiber. And since organic cotton yields longer fibers, it ensures stronger, smoother threads.
Cotton Incorporated in Cary, NC—a not-for-profit organization providing the resources and research needed to help companies develop and market superior, innovative cotton products—cites several key attributes.
Consumers perceive organic cotton as soft, natural and comfortable. The preferred fiber for clothing and home textiles, it is naturally hypoallergenic—lending additional comfort to babies’ sensitive skin.
Organic cotton is environmentally friendly and biodegradable.
Functioning as a performance fiber, organic cotton’s structure allows for enhanced absorption and release capabilities.
Cotton is naturally stronger when wet than dry, ensuring resistance to tears.
For infants, newborns and toddlers, organic cotton offers even more benefits, according to the Health Guidance blog. Aside from superior softness, its breathability keeps baby cool and comfortable; as a natural non-allergenic fabric, baby won’t break out in rashes.
Organic cotton is also easy to clean by releasing dirt effortlessly via a mild detergent and warm water. Unlike synthetic material, organic cotton can be sterilized in hot water; the fabric can endure high temperatures without compromising its quality or durability.