Difference of organic, green or standard cotton

organic from the seeds
organic from the production
NON organic in every step
Seed preparation: Natural, untreated GMO free seeds. CONVENTIONAL Typically treated with fungicides or insecticides. Possible GMOs.
Soil preparation: Healthy soil through crop rotation. Retains moisture in soil from increased organic matter. CONVENTIONAL Synthetic fertilizers, loss of soil due to mono- crop culture, intensive irrigation.
Weed control: Healthy soil creates natural balance. Beneficial insects and trap crops used. CONVENTIONAL Aerial spraying of insecticides and pesticides. Nine of the most commonly used pesticides are known cancer-causing agents.
Harvesting: Natural defoliation from freezing temperatures or through the use of water management. CONVENTIONAL Defoliation induced with toxic chemicals.
Production: Warp fibers stabilized using double-plying or nontoxic cornstarch. SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTION Warp fibers stabilized using toxic waxes.
Whitening: Safe peroxide is used. SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTION Chlorine bleaching creates toxic by-products, which are released into the environment.
Fnishing: Soft scour in warm water with soda ash, for a pH of 7.5 to 8. SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTION Hot water, synthetic surfactants, additional chemicals (sometimes formaldehyde).
Dyeing: 100% NATURAL HERBAL DYE – this is above the standard of organic GOTS cotton dyeing. NO DYEING High temperature containing heavy metals and sulfur.
printing: HERBAL DYE screen print or low-impact, water-based inks and/or pigments with no heavy metals. European Chemicals Regulation (REACH) Low-impact, water-based inks and/or pigments with no heavy  metals. European Chemicals Regulation (REACH) Pigments may be petroleum based and contain heavy metals. Run-off spills into waterways, polluting streams.
Fair trade: Social criteria in place to ensure safe, healthy, non-abusive, nondiscriminatory environment with living wages. SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTION No social screening. Possible child or forced labor used. Facilities may be unsafe and unhealthy.
Marketing: Positive story can be told to differentiate you from your competitors. SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTION None. As awareness of organic advantage expands, increased potential for negative image.
Price: Initial cost more expensive. Long-term advantages: priceless. SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTION Initially cheaper. Long-term impact on environment: devastating.
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