What are the Benefits of Cotton Clothing?

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A cotton T-shirt.
Underwear is often made of cotton.
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Cotton clothing can breathe in hot weather.
Cotton is often used by firefighters, who can coat it with flame-retardant substances.
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You may have heard that cotton clothing offers a lot of benefits over synthetic material. Have you ever wondered why and what those benefits are? According to the Cotton Council International, the benefits of cotton are numerous, but the main one is the fact that it is hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant, which means is the best choice of material for people who suffer from asthma or allergies, or those who have sensitive skin prone to irritation. Natural fabrics allow for better air circulation, which helps remove and absorb body moisture, drawing heat away from the skin and keeping the body cool and dry. Also, because this clothing breathes better, it's the best choice to keep you cool in hot, humid weather.

When it comes to production, cotton clothing is easy to dye and blend with other fibers. It's also versatile, and can be used for most types of clothing, from underwear to sweaters to household linens such as sheets and curtains. As for choosing a long-lasting fabric, cotton comes in on top as well.

Cotton is the only fiber that becomes stronger when wet, and it's the preferred choice in hospitals, since it can endure high temperatures and be sterilized. Cotton clothing is the ideal wash-and-wear fabric. It is also the preferred choice for firefighter uniforms, since it can be coated with flame-retardant substances.


For people concerned with environmental issues, cotton clothing makes a lot of sense. Cotton is biodegradable and a renewable resource. During processing, less than 10% of it is lost or deemed non-usable. Organic cotton is even better: no pesticides are used to grow it, which means less chemicals in the environment and less exposure for the people growing it. Buying organic clothing in the United States also supports local industry, as the United States, with Turkey, is one of the top two producers of organic cotton in the world.

Not matter why you choose cotton clothing, the benefits are numerous. It is inexpensive, durable, and easy to care for. This clothing is also versatile and you will be hard pressed to find options as handy as cotton.


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Post 12

Organic clothing is good for the body, because harmful substances do not come into contact with the skin.

Its good for the planet, since harmful chemicals are not discharged into the soil and atmosphere.

Plus, if organic fabrics are available in beautiful prints and patterns, then why not?

Post 9

Organic clothing isn't as cheap as the regular stuff you will find at walmart, but you can feel much better about yourself, plus it's comfortable, too.

Post 8

Diana Bocco, thanks for this help and i really appreciate it so thank you for it.

Post 7

thanks for the help.

Post 6

thanks for the awesome explanatory help on cotton research.

Post 4

thank you for helping me in my project.

Post 3

I am also doing a school project, and this site gave me lots of good information.

Post 2

I came to this site because I'm doing a school report and I needed some information on the benefits of cotton clothing.

This site was really good because unlike other sites it actually had info on it.

Post 1

At first my reason for searching out organic cotton was medical. At only a few weeks old my son developed severe eczema and his pediatrician suggested organic cotton as an alternative to the harsh steroidal creams they wanted to put him on.

The search for organic clothing was not easy, and just plain expensive, but I knew his baby skin could not take the harsh chemicals used in regular textiles.

The more research I did, the more I knew our entire family needed to make a change, for us and the planet.

That was when I founded Peaceful Disorder, and since it is a family adventure, the prices are very reasonable. ($12-$30)

You will probably see the same products in your local boutique for twice as much, I know I did.

But best of all, after about 6 months of wearing organic, our baby has no sign of eczema.

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