You may have heard of organic cotton. You may have just assumed that there was organic cotton because these days it seems you can find organic anything you want. And you would be right (I think) and organic cotton is a good thing for lots of reasons. If you want a whole fancy list with percentages and numbers, look here. But the long and short of it is that traditional growing of cotton requires pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that leak into the soil and the water, not to mention the cotton that you then use/wear. So we got it right, organic cotton=good.
Ok, right. But like most things organic, it costs a little (in this case sometimes a lot) more to get organic cotton, especially in "bigger" items like clothing. My family, a lot of families, are not in the place right now to pay that kind of money. So we still choose to buy most things second hand if possible to cut down our carbon footprint there.
But I have found a small way that I can contribute to the organic cotton industry and make a vote with the money I do have to spend, organic cotton balls. Y'all have seen how I love using cotton balls for freshening the air. Well, apparently I've been sucking up too many of the bad boys because last week I ran out.
So I went on the prowl for some organic cotton balls and here's what I found. You can get organic cotton balls (which I swear are softer!) for only a little bit more (within .50 cents) than traditional toxic cotton balls. Now I know even .50 cents is a stretch for some people right now, but I was excited to take advantage of this small way to make a difference.
The most prevalent brand I found was Organic Essentials which can be found at all of the major online retailers, so you can shop around for your best price and remember to buy in bulk as needed to save shipping impact (and cost). I got mine at Iherb though because I found this handy coupon for $5 off your first order with them (coupon code: BEV426) which made my organic cotton balls FREE! Saving $, helping the planet...doesn't get better than that folks!
Have you tried organic cotton (balls)? Are you a fan? Have you gone the expensive route? Was it worth it? Where are the great deals at?