How to shop sustainably - guide to organic clothing
Over the past many years, there has been a greater focus on ecology and sustainability in Denmark. Most people trust that the organic products we buy in the supermarket are better and healthier than non-organic products, so it goes without saying that this is also the case when it comes to organic clothing. But is it really also better than non-organic clothing and what does it really mean when you label some clothing as organic? The fashion industry is starting to think more sustainably by producing organic clothing - but do you?
We can probably all agree that the word “organic” immediately gives positive associations on the retina. We associate ecology with words like ethical, healthy and environmentally friendly, and we think it sounds really good to be able to say that you have bought organic clothes, but very few people are actually aware of what organic clothes are.
When we talk about clothes, we automatically also talk about cotton, as cotton production is the most widely used material for clothes in the clothing industry. And it may be a jungle to find out how the clothes are produced in both conventional and organic ways without having to lay out a lot of scary facts, but quite simply it can be said: organic cotton is grown without the use of various pesticides.
It is not something you think about in everyday life and the purpose of this writing is not that you should start with it - your clothes may contain various substances that can be allergenic, carcinogenic or harmful to health. you when you get the clothes directly from the production. This is not something you should be afraid of, as the amounts are so small that they probably have no effect on you. You can also always wash the clothes before use, and thus be sure to avoid the fabrics. But it can be a really good idea for you to become more aware of where your clothes come from - both for your own sake but also for the environment.
The green eco-health labels
We are constantly greeted by the green brands in the supermarket when we buy food, but the green brands also like to appear in your clothes - however, very few people actually know what the different ones mean. In the vast majority of cases, people also associate the green labels with ecology, which is actually not always the case. We have chosen to focus on two of the green brands that you have special reason to pay attention to when it comes to your clothes - one is 100% organic and one is actually not organic at all, but is still quite sustainable. .
The OEKO-TEX label on clothing is a guarantee that it does not contain any harmful substances or chemicals that can be both allergenic, carcinogenic or harmful to health. The OEKO-TEX label is therefore not organic, as many like to think, as it is not a guarantee of how the clothes have been produced all the way back to when it was only a cotton plant in the field. During the production of the textiles, for example, a number of environmentally harmful substances may have been used, for example to control pests in the cotton field, but which will not affect your health when you use the clothes. When this is the case, it is the OEKO-TEX marking that is used.
The OEKO-TEX label is therefore not equal to an eco-label, but is described as a health label that assures you that the clothes you wear on the body will not contain any kind of substances that can cause allergies or have any kind of impact on your health. On that basis, one can therefore not describe the clothes as organic, as the actual production of the clothes has not taken place under ecological conditions.
The Global Organic Textile Standard certificate, or just the GOTS certificate, is a guarantee that no health or environmental hazardous chemicals have been present during the production of the garment, and is therefore 100% organic. that the cotton your organic t-shirt is made of, has been grown in a field where no pesticides or fertilizers have been used. The cotton has then been transported to factories, from which the production of your t-shirt has begun. No hazardous chemicals have been used here, and all wastewater that has been used in production has been treated. When the t-shirt then lands with you - the consumer - you are assured that it does not primarily contain any types of harmful substances at present, but also at the same time that it has never been in contact with substances that are harmful to health or the environment. time during production.
Go for the GOTS certificate if you want to ensure that your clothes have never been exposed to any kind of chemical substance through the production process and that the cotton that your sweater is made of comes from an organic field.
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What is best? Conventional or organically grown cotton?
There is no reason to hide the fact that organic cotton is really good for the environment, especially in the cotton fields, where it is avoided that various types of toxic substances are used on the cotton plants, thereby penetrating into the subsoil and polluting. . But one must also remember to keep in mind that there is a reason why one does not just change all the cotton fields in the world to organic fields. Of course, organic cotton leaves a far more environmentally friendly imprint than conventional cotton, but there is still a long way to go before organic cotton production really makes its mark on the global market.
The challenge with organic cotton production is first and foremost that the yield is 50% less than with ordinary cotton production, where chemicals are used to control pests, plant diseases and weeds. In organic production, pesticides are used instead, which do not give the same yield at all. At the same time, the organic cotton is also hand-picked, which means that it requires more labor and that it cannot be done as quickly as in ordinary production. Cotton has a huge need for water, and since the cotton fields are often located in areas where it does not rain as much - at least not what is required - you often use irrigation, where you drain the water resources in the areas where the organic cotton production belongs to, and thereby burdens the environment in that way.
It is difficult to give a clear answer as to whether it is best to buy organic clothes or clothes that come from the conventional cotton production, as there are advantages and disadvantages to both. But one thing is for sure: it does not hurt to think more sustainably when it comes to the clothes in your wardrobe.
6 tips to be more sustainable when it comes to your clothes
Although there has been much more focus on organic clothing in the last few years, it is still difficult to have 100% organic clothing in the wardrobe, as organic cotton cultivation only accounts for less than 3% of the earth's total cotton production. Organic clothes are therefore still produced in minorities and the selection on the market is not very large.
It's a really good idea to think sustainably, as we want to take care of our planet - but Rome was not built in one day, so a greater awareness of it is a really good step on the road This does not mean that you have to hurry home and throw away all your old clothes, because it is not produced under ecological conditions - it is not good for the environment and it does not prevent the clothes have already been produced under some conditions that were not organic! But you can start small and a little is always better than nothing. You can, for example, compare it with the politicians' idea of having one meat-free day a week, as this action eases a lot on the great environmental impact that is in the meat industry. You can easily transfer this idea to your clothing consumption as well. For example, you can choose to buy some of your clothes organically and something else that is not organically produced and thereby give yours to ease the burden on the environment.
Keep in mind that a little is also a lot and you can therefore do a lot by just a little bit. We have gathered below 6 good tips to be more sustainable when it comes to your clothes and thereby help a little, but at the same time a lot.
- Wash your new clothes before putting them on - so you avoid different residues from the production, including different dyes coming into contact with your skin.
- Do not throw away old clothes - donate them for recycling instead so that others can enjoy what you can no longer use.
- Buy clothes in really good quality, so it also lasts a really long time.
- Take care of the clothes you already have - follow the washing instructions carefully so that your clothes stay fit and color for a long time. Your clothes get worn every time you give it a go in the washing machine, so wash only when it is most necessary - as a bonus you also reduce both water and power consumption.
- Look for the more sustainable materials when it comes to your clothes - it can be, for example, the OEKO-TEX label, which ensures that the clothes do not contain any kind of chemical or harmful substances, or the GOTS label, which is an assurance to you that the production of the clothes is made under 100% ecological circumstances.
- Buy organic clothes to complement your existing clothes in the wardrobe - then you're well on your way!
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The well-known good quality, as you know it from our clothes at the shop, all of which are OEKO-TEX certified, can now be found in an even better quality with our new collection: TeeShoppen Organic. With the TeeShop Organic, you get basic items for your everyday wardrobe in a quality that can immediately be felt comes from organic cotton - the fabric is nice and soft and will feel absolutely fantastic to wear!
At TeeShoppen, we want to support a more sustainable style in the clothing industry, which is why we are launching our collection TeeShoppen Organic with exclusively organic basic products. Our organic products are listed according to the OCS certification, which is an abbreviation for Organic Content Standard. The OCS certification means that you state exactly how much organic material is present in the product. The vast majority of our organic products are listed with OCS 100 certification, which means that the product contains between 95% and 100% organic fibers. However, we also have few products that have been certified OCS blended, which means that the product contains at least 5% organically grown fiber.However, our products with the OCS blended certification contain up to 70-80% organic fibers, so you still feel that your sweater can be specified for organic
By buying some of your clothes organically, YOU can do a little more for a sustainable future, while also receiving an item that has a completely irresistible feel, which brings your comfort and well-being to the forefront. Win-Win!
Find your new organic basic products here at the shop and support a sustainable future! You can see our entire selection of organic clothing here .