Why is it more expensive?
Any Organic product, including cotton, is much more labor intensive and requires constant vigilance from the growing state right on through production. But isn’t the cost worth the satisfaction? The flip side of this coin is that you will also find that because it is not treated with harsh chemicals, breaking down the fibers, organic cotton is much more durable and lasts twice as long.
What’s the difference in feel?
Organic cotton is soft to the touch, and it is comparable in feel to other high quality cottons but remember still, the higher the thread count the softer the fabric.
What does the thread count mean?
Thread count is the number of vertical threads per square inch of woven fabric. Ounce weight is used for flannels and knits and is the number of ounces per square yard. But quality is not only judged by thread count, ply and thickness of threads is also important. For example, finer threads are used for softer and lustrous sheets whereas thicker threads are used for the durability of the cover on your mattress.
Is organic cotton dyed?
It can be if desired. If dyed it is usually with a low-impact dye, which is gentler to the environment; however, our Peruvian cotton grows naturally in many colors.
What other effects do the pesticides and insecticides used in the cotton fields have?
In a study conducted by the US Geological Survey Organics Geochemistry Research Group Contamination of water in the Mid-Continental United States, from pesticide application to cotton, has been judged a major water-quality issue during the past decade. Cotton receives three to five times’ greater application of pesticides per acre than does corn or soybeans. In spite of the greater use of pesticides, few regional water-quality studies have addressed pesticide occurrence in water of the Southern United States. Cotton-growing areas of the United States extend from the East Coast (The Carolinas) to the Mississippi Embayment, the Texas High Plains, and the arid deserts of the Southwest (Arizona and California).