Get Cozy (and Eco Friendly) with Organic Cotton Towels

by Owner on March 3, 2010

There are few moments I look forward to as much as the end of a busy day, right before bed, when I take a hot shower and dry off in a warm fluffy towel. That is why I’ve always personally sought the softest, fullest ones I can find–and recently I’ve been looking for some good organic cotton towels.

Why organic cotton? The problem with most towels out there (and a lot of clothing too) is that they are made with ordinary cotton, the cultivation of which takes a huge toll on the environment.

According to the Organic Trade Association, cotton is the world’s “dirtiest” crop because of its heavy use of highly poisonous insecticides and pesticides that have been ranked by the World Health Organization as among the most dangerous for human health. Additionally, cotton crops use huge amounts of synthetic chemical fertilizers that run off and leach into our waterways; it takes almost a 1/3 pound of this fertilizer to grow a pound of raw cotton, which can be turned into about one t-shirt.

This all doesn’t even account for the processing of raw cotton, which injects additional hazardous materials, waxes, heavy metals, flame retardants, formaldehyde, and other toxic sludge into the mix. The result is something that is disastrously poisonous for the environment.

Organic cotton relieves many of the problems I just mentioned because it is farmed using natural fertilizer made of things like compost and manure. Poisonous pesticides and insecticides are never used, translating to a healthier environment.

Hence my quest for perfect organic cotton towels. One brand I keep coming across is Gaiam’s “Thick & Thirsty” 100% organic cotton towels, which seem totally luxurious in the pictures and description. By switching to towels like these I stop bringing textiles made with toxic substances into my home, and hopefully encourage more manufacturers to make the switch to organic cotton as well.

I’ll be ordering some of these soon, as I re-do my bathroom’s look. I’ll post a review when I do.

How about you–do you have any favorite organic cotton towels you like? If so, post them here.

(PS: don’t just worry about organic stuff after you leave the bathtub. Products like organic shampoo and soap will help prevent synthetic chemicals from leaching into our waterways, so check them out too.)

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