Much like many organic products out there, organic cotton is/can be a little bit more expensive. Some things that affect the price are the fact that much of organic clothing is American made (less cheap labor), the machines need to be cleaned when switching from non-organic to organic cotton, and the organic cotton needs to be separated from non-organic cotton.
WEll, I suppose that depends on how much money you have and what “expensive” is for you. Generally, yes. An organic product will cost more to purchase than a “conventional” product. This is due to the fact that organic methods are more time-intensive than conventional, not allowing companies to see a quick profit that they would if they were growing cotton conventionally. Conventional cotton can be sprayed down with additives to make it resist decomposition, pest issues, etc. Organic cannot. Therefore, the growing and harvest is a very time-sensitive issue, and there’s a lot of opportunities for crop failure and crop loss.
Yes, organic cotton is more expensive. You might think that organic should be less expensive to grow because it doesnt use expensive GMO seeds, expensive petroleum-based fertilizers, or expensive toxic herbicides and pesticides like conventionally grown crops and cottons, but it still must fight off weeds and bugs which becomes quite costly. Organic cotton is also more expensive to harvest because it does not use chemical harvest aids therefore requiring more man labor. It is also more expensive to manufacture therefore contributing to its high prices for consumers.
Yes, organic cotton is more expensive, but the full cost of conventional cotton is paid in other ways. Cotton uses more pesticides than any other single major crop, and many of these pesticides are classified by the EPA as known carcinogens. Most conventional cotton is grown in the developing world, where farmers often don’t have access to safety equipment and environmental laws are lenient.
As with clothing made in sweatshops, conventional cotton can be sold cheaply because much of its real cost is paid by people other than the consumer.
Organic cotton is a sustainable alternative to chemically-based or synthetic fibers. There are strict standards in the United States and many other countries for organic cotton. “Organic” means the cotton is produced to a set of strict standards, enforced by certifying agents who annually inspect fields and the operation for adherence to organic standards. Though organic cotton has less environmental impact than conventional cotton, it costs more to produce.
In general, I have found organic cotton to be more expensive. However, that could be because my hometown doesn’t have an organic clothing store. Whenever I see organic cotton clothing that is always online. Adding to the previous answers, I think the price is more expensive that non-organic because it’s not “mainstream” yet. If there was a huger demand for organic cotton the pricing would go down I believe as supply increases.
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