Organic - Why is it better? - 3RD ROCK - Sustainable activewear for climbing & yoga

Organic - Why is it better? 

The Conventional Cotton industry uses 25% of the world's pesticides. (See the ugly truth below) 

3RD ROCK only ever use Organic Cotton, produced entirely free of chemical pesticides . (See the happy healthy way)


The Happy Healthy Way

THE NATURAL WAY  

Natural pesticides and fertilisers are used instead of chemical ones

Chilli, garlic & cows urine are mixed and sprayed onto the crops to deter insects. No wonder that works!

With NO health risks or environmental damage.

MIXED PLANTING & CROP ROTATION

Symbiotic planting of beans between cotton plants brings nutrients naturally to the soil, enhances the cotton's growth, gives farmers a food crop to feed their families and maintains biodiversity and soil fertility.

Land stability long term helps farming sustainability.

 

HEALTHY & HAPPY 

Organic cotton farmers, their communities and their ecosystems are healthier and happier. 

Organic cotton is better for the environment and it's inhabitants. The cotton is a healthier and cleaner product for the farmer right through to the end user.  

LOWER CO2

By using natural fertilisers instead of synthetic ones can mean massive Co2 reductions too.

Seven tonnes of Co2 are produced by creating just one tonne of nitrogen fertiliser.

MORE SUSTAINABLE FARMING

There is less cash input for organic cotton farmers as they don't buy expensive chemical pesticides and can produce their own seeds for next seasons crop.  

They can command a higher, more stable price for their crop too.


GM FREE

Not using genetically modified hybrid seeds contributes to a more sustainable quality of life at source, less dependency on big multinationals, less debt (as not forced to buy pesticides alongside seeds) and less instability of soil fertility. 

I went to visit the organic cotton farms in central India and had the pleasure to meet many farmers, and scientists, that give guidance in organic and symbiotic farming methods to achieve good yields''. Jessica Mor - Founder  


The Ugly Truth

Conventional cotton farming uses dangerous chemical pesticides (more chemicals per unit area than any other crop) that poison the eco systems and water systems around them, not to mention hazardous, for farmers. Education of chemical handling and safety equipment is often non-existent in poor countries where cotton is mostly grown.

COTTON PESTICIDES KILL: 

Pesticides are responsible for 20,000 agricultural workers deaths each year and have been responsible for birth defects and groundwater poisoning in cotton farming communities.  One single drop of Aldicarb (a pesticide used on cotton in 26 countries) absorbed on the skin can kill an adult.

Katharine Hamnett explains in this video:

CAUSE ENVIRONMENTAL CATASTROPHES:

The impact of conventional cotton farming has destroyed the Aral sea! One of the biggest environmental catastrophes of our time. The Environmental Justice Foundation explains in this video:   

AND FARMER DESPERATION: 

'The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold'  shows a glimpse of the cotton farmer suicide issue in India. GMO cotton seeds are sold with compulsory pesticides (farmers must purchase fresh seeds every year as they are not able to replant them the following year) on the promise of good yields. Year after year the cotton yields are decreasing whilst pests tolerances are increasing, causing more chemicals to be used. This vicious cycle is resulting in the loss of soil fertility, debt and desperation for cotton farmers. 

see more by following this link: 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2014/may/05/india-cotton-suicides-farmer-deaths-gm-seeds.


 We are adamant never to use conventional cotton as it causes human suffering and environmental disasters.