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Organic Cotton T-Shirts: Good for You & the Earth

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Browse our organic cotton T-shirts made in the USA.

Men’s Organic Cotton T-shirts

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100 percent organic Cotton T-shirts are known for their quality and comfort. Customers who reviewed The Classic T-Shirt Company’s T-shirts were thrilled with how soft the fabric is--one reviewer on Amazon.com described the texture as “buttery smooth...a veil of lotion-y goodness!”

 

Given the popularity of 100% organic crewneck T-shirts, it’s only a matter of time before we see guys rocking organic cotton v neck shirts. The “breathability” of cotton makes organic cotton v neck shirts ideal for sports, workouts, or a hot day when you want to look especially athletic. The Classic T-Shirt Company offers semi-tailored organic v neck shirts with short-cut sleeves to really show off the build of your arms.

 

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Women’s Organic Cotton T-shirts

organic women's t shirtMany women have made the pledge to only buy organic clothing, and they were thrilled to add 100% organic T-shirts to their wardrobe. Reviewers fell in love with the long sleeve crew neck for how it looks and especially how it feels when relaxing at home.

Despite the thin, light, texture, the Classic T-Shirt Company’s shirts are durable, pre-shrunk and don't change size or color wash after wash. This is due to the high quality fabric and dye process used in highly regulated facility in Los Angeles, California. What else can be expected of a made in USA T-Shirt?

Unfortunately, the clothing industry is known to be one of the most inhumane and environmentally damaging enterprises in the world. Garments tend to be made as fast as possible and in inexpensive ways. As a result, clothing quality suffers, and store clothing racks lack conscientious items, such as organic cotton clothing. The vast majority of companies tend to capitalize on the exploitation of workers, and practices that endanger our environment.

 

As consumers, we have the power of choice. Wouldn’t you rather use your purchasing power to support companies that aim to make customers and our environment a top priority? Help stand against the production of conventional cotton, one of the most chemical-intensive crops to grow. It harms both our local and global ecosystems. You can choose to say no, and ensure that your dollars are motivating a potentially powerful global movement, rather than contributing to a universal problem.

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Do organic cotton t-shirts matter?

Well if you are what you eat, then you are what you wear.

If you've ever made a switch to organic food for health or environmental concerns, now you can do the same with 100 percent organic cotton T-shirts— and for the same reasons.

Wearing the best organic cotton T-shirts is healthier for the environment, the people who make those T-shirts, and the people who wear them.

Like organic food, 100 percent organic cotton T-shirts are produced according to special standards such as:

  • No chemical pesticides
  • No GMO seeds
  • Sustainable farming practices

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Organic cotton T-shirts help create healthier soils

Did you know that according to the Global Organic Textile Standard, organic cotton decreases soil erosion by shocking 26%? Dangerous cemicals used for non-organic cotton creates changes in the composition of soil, which disrupts the natural balance of soil.

As a matter of fact, the production of conventional cotton is known to be one of the most chemical-intensive crops to grow, affecting our earth’s soil tremendously.

Organic farming practices, on the other hand, can replenish and maintain the soil’s fertility. They help support biologically diverse agriculture by preserving beneficial bacteria.

Organic farming practices also help to ensure the health of the human and animal communities that call these farming regions their home.

Organic cotton T-shirts help with water conservation

Do you know how much water is used to grow cotton? The answer is a significant amount. Buying organic T-shirts is one way you can do your part to help conserve water.

To put things into perspective, according to WWF, a single non-organic cotton T-shirt and a pair of jeans requires more than 700 gallons of water to produce! In fact, an estimated 73% of all cotton in the world is produced on irrigated land that can’t rely so much on rainfall.

Healthy soils and water conservation go hand-in-hand. Irrigation isn’t necessarily bad, but excessive irrigation can be quite problematic. Organic cotton farming aims to use all resources, including water, more effectively. Ideally, more organic cotton would grow in the United States, where the rainier climate of the Southeast region can offset the need for irrigation.

To put it simply, the practices used to produce organic cotton help preserve our planet’s future.

Organic farming creates healthier soils can make better use of water inputs. Healthier soils also mean that the soil is more resilient in drought conditions, a huge plus when it comes to water conservation.

Organic cotton T-shirts are made with non-GMO cotton

“Research shows that organic agriculture is a good option for food security… and [is] more sustainable in the long-term.”

- United Nations Conference of Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 38.

Even though growing organic cotton in the United States would be ideal to help offset the need for irrigation, US-grown cotton is often genetically modified, and developing organic cotton is still a work in progress.

That's why The Classic T-Shirt Company sources 100 percent organic cotton from India, and then produce the shirts in the US. This guarantees that Made in USA T-shirts are made with non-GMO cotton.

These 100% organic T-shirts are  produced without pesticides and chemicals that wash off cotton fields into rivers and oceans during industrial cotton production. It all adds up fast, especially given how much cotton is produced to meet modern demand.

Organic farming practices that produce non-GMO cotton also helps farmers grow other crops that provide them with food and an additional income. It's a cycle: the benefits of non-organic cotton practices all point towards each other.

Organic cotton T-shirts protect factory workers

It’s not just the planet to be worried about: the people involved in making cotton are at risk as well.

Many types of AZO dyes have been banned or are carefully monitored in the Western world because they are known to cause cancer in those come in contact with them. Workers are protected from that risk when making 100 percent organic cotton T-shirts, which ban the use of AZO dyes entirely.

Suffering should never be the price for luxury. Thankfully the standards of organic farming that protect the environment also protect people by guaranteeing them fair wages and safe working conditions.

Did you know that according to the Organic Trade Association, approximately thousands of farmers die each year because of exposure to toxic chemicals that are implemented in conventional cotton processing? These toxic chemicals can cause serious health issues, including cancer.

We care about the people who are responsible for making our products, and we know that you do as well. Supporting the production of organic cotton is an important step that our society must take to help ensure that we have a healthier and happier global community. Organic matters.

 

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Organic cotton T-shirts protect your skin

As mentioned earlier, many types of AZO dyes have been banned or are carefully monitored in the Western world because they are known to cause cancer in humans who come in contact with them. The production of organic cotton bans the use of AZO dyes entirely.

Of course, that means wearing a 100% organic cotton T-Shirt will protect your skin from these harmful dyes as well. Wearing an organic cotton T-shirt ensures that your skin does not come in direct contact with harmful chemicals that are used to clean, process, and dye non-organic cotton.

Organic cotton T-shirts protect human and animal welfare

100% organic cotton T-shirts are made without pesticides, or chemicals used to kill insects that eat crops. Generally speaking, pesticides are effective--sometimes too effective because they kill more than just pests.

When rainwater washes pesticides into local rivers and groundwater sources, they cause harm to fish, animals, and even people. The elimination of pesticides and fertilizers from organic cotton production farming practices ensures that waterways and drinking water is safe and clean for the population.

Studies have shown that the water pollution impact of organic cotton production is an outstanding 98% less than non-organic cotton production.

Organic cotton T-shirts promote natural habitats

Instead of using pesticides, organic farming controls pests by cooperating with nature. For example, pests might be taken care of by a flock of birds instead of a cloud of chemicals. That’s because organic farming focuses on creating balance, as we see in nature. The organic fertilizers used to nourish the plants also create habitat for natural predators of pests and keep the land fresh so it gets used again and again.

Organic cotton T-shirts help to combat climate change

Statistics show that crop and livestock agriculture has increased global emissions by 14%, from 4.7 billion tons CO2 equivalent in 2001 to more than 5.3 billion today. Organic agriculture can really help eliminate this phenomenon by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Organic cotton production reduces nitrogen inputs and eliminates manufactured fertilizers and pesticides; such practices have been shown to produce up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions.

To make matters even better, the Global Organic Textile Standard suggests that organic cotton could reduce the overall global warming impact of cotton production by 46%.

By wearing an organic cotton T-shirt, you are not only doing good for yourself, but you're also supporting the fight against climate change.

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