Often, when we hear the word, “cotton” we think of light, breezy ‘fits that hug the body well and come in so many colors, sizes, and styles. When we go into almost any clothing store, we expect to see her there, beckoning us to buy her, maybe in the form of a cute crop or whimsical summer dress. She’s easy to style and so soft to touch. Cotton clothing is a wardrobe standard and a universal global fashion statement.
But did you know that a staggering 27 million tons of cotton are produced every year? It’s predicted this number will increase to 29 million by 2028!
The dark side of this mass production is that cotton uses an insane amount of harmful pesticides and freshwater in the process. Not to mention, child labor and slavery are common worldwide in this industry. At FOREVER 21, we’re supporting the movement for more ethical options when it comes to clothing, which is why we are expanding our collection to include organic cotton options.
If you haven’t cottoned on to the eco-friendly clothing trend yet, here’s a guide to get you in the know and excited to throw some new sustainable swag into your wardrobe.
What is Organic Cotton?
Organic cotton is essentially cotton that is produced without toxic chemicals, pesticides, and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). This means that the cotton seeds are grown without the aid of harmful chemicals that can negatively impact farmers and ecosystems. Instead of using irrigated water, organic cotton is generally grown with rainwater.
Mother Earth is already hanging on by a thread so when you choose organic cotton over regular cotton, you’re choosing her and all her sentient beings!
Does Organic Cotton Shrink?
You don’t have to worry about that tight-fitting organic cotton tank becoming tighter when it comes to purchasing sustainable cotton clothes. Generally speaking, organic cotton garments won’t shrink in the wash. However, you should exercise caution when using a dryer. Avoid running your fav new organic cotton ‘fits through the dryer on high heat.
Can You Iron Organic Cotton?
You sure can! The best way to iron your organic cotton clothing is with a warm temperature iron, preferably not too hot and on a flat surface. This will get out the wrinkles and have you looking extra crispy on the streets.
Shop Organic Cotton Clothing
Gents, throw on our Basic Organically Grown Cotton Tee with a pair of denim jeans for a casual daytime style you can wear anywhere.
Ladies, scoop up one (or two) of our Basic Organically Grown Cotton Cami in a range of fun colors to pair with your fav FOREVER 21 jeans, skirts, or shorts. We love this one tucked into a pair of denim jeans for a day ‘fit you can also accessorize with chunky hoops, a chic cardigan, and some strappy heels to transition into night.
For our plus size crew, this ‘fit will get you pumped – our Plus Size Organically Grown Cotton Tee tied up around the torso and worn with our Plus Size Basic Organically Grown Cotton Leggings provides maximum comfort with chic style. Wear it to the gym, to brunch, running errands – everywhere! For sustainable essentials, rush into your local FOREVER 21 store or browse our latest merch online at FOREVER21.com.