Organic - What does organic mean?

Organic cotton is farmed naturally, avoiding harmful pesticides and other chemicals. This process is safer and cleaner for the environment. Being organic means organic agriculture is not exposing our people, soil,air and water to these harsh chemicals.

My Heart Beats Green specializes in certified organic cotton clothing . We carefully select fabrics that are made from certified organic cotton yarn which has received organic certification by Control Union (formerly SKAL). Certification assures you that the product is genuine and is grown, manufactured and approved by the Control Union’s organic standards.

The dyes used on all print designs are water-based and environmentally friendly.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is ultimately about our society sustaining itself. Ensuring that our current generation of people protect our society and pass on to the future generation a society that is just as good, if not better that today. Sustainability focuses on the environment, social and economic aspects of our society. So, this is about not depleting our natural resources so that our children and their children are not able to enjoy a naturally abundant life.

Sustainability encourages us to think about what we consume. For example, where our clothes came from – what they are made out of, how the materials were made, the transportation required to get it to us, and the impact on the environment. Organic clothing has a lower impact on the environment and is a more sustainable choice.

What are the impacts of conventional cotton?

Conventional cotton farming is one of the most heavily sprayed and chemically reliant industries in the world – it is sprayed with harmful pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. The production of conventional cotton pollutes our water, air and land. It also endangers the health of farmers and the local farming community. Some conventional cotton products use finishes such as formaldehyde, caustic soda, sulphuric acid, and harsh chemical dyes. These chemicals can cause skin irritations in particular on babies.

How much organic cotton is grown globally?

According to the fourth annual Organic Exchange Farm and Fiber Report 2009, organic cotton production grew an impressive 20 percent over 2007/08 to 175,113 metric tons (802,599 bales) grown on 625,000 acres (253,000 hectares). Organic cotton now represents 0.76 percent of global cotton production.

Organic cotton was grown in 22 countries worldwide with the Top Ten producer countries being led by India, and including (in order of rank) Turkey, Syria, Tanzania, China, United States, Uganda, Peru, Egypt and Burkina Faso. Approximately 220,000 farmers grew the fibre.

Where is your clothing made?

Our clothing is made in Brisbane, Australia which means that our clothing is not contributing to the sweat shops of low paid workers in foreign countries. All of our products are made in a fair manner and the workers are paid fairly.

How can I make a difference through what I wear?

  • Buy locally made organic clothing or fair trade certified
  • Recycle - give your previously loved clothes to others
  • Wash with cold water to reduce heating energy consumption
  • Use environmentally friendly washing powders
  • Dry your clothes on a washing line rather than use the dryer

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