In 2006 the global production of organic cotton was at 0,01% of the global market share, in 2019 production rose by 56% which still only represents 0,7% of the market share…suffice to say though, that the % increases constantly.
The conventional cultivation of cotton & its serious grievances:
The environmental aspect: The cultivation of cotton is considered to be one of the most polluting world wide. 10% of pesticides used. Needs an enormous quantity of water. Emits carbonic gaz.
Health effects on the consumer:
Use of chemical colours for the dye which often contain heavy metals or products that are allergenic.
Fair Trade: The cultivation of cotton is a very large global market which relies on enormous companies which in turn depend upon cheap local labour.
The benefits of organic cotton: The counter-point arguments brought to the forefront by producers and distributors..
– Respecting the environment whilst cultivating. Selectivity & protection of the cultivation, banning pesticides, chemical fertilizers and genetically modified plants. A much reduced water consumption.
– Absence of allergens, by using natural pigments for the dyes and reducing the colour chart.
– The concept of Fair Trade.
In France cotton is rarely used in knitting, probably due to the poor quality and limited colours on offer. It is most often used for crocheting, to make accessories such as table mats, table cloths, curtains…
However organic cotton has a large and varied colour choice, although not always bright colours,due to the use of natural pigments. It’s very supple and above all extremely soft. Perfect for fragile skins.
Now if l were in your place, I would knit with Baby Cachemire, which has just recently come in, to make for example, an outfit for a newborn.