Where have all the bee's gone?

 

Children's clothing brand | Little Pegs.  Product photo of a girls yellow jumpsuit and Sunglasses print long sleeve t-shirt.  Animated with a bee going across the image

Where have all the bee’s gone? Okay so it's not quite summer yet, but there's a risk of them disappearing for good… You're probably wondering what's this got to do with fashion and children's clothing?

One of the causes of bee's vanishing is pesticide; the growing of non-organic cotton requires pesticides, according to https://www.organicauthority.com it accounts for 11% of the global pesticide consumption and that non-organic cotton is seen as one of the worlds 'dirtiest' crops, causing detrimental health issues to humans and animals, so it's not just the bee's we have to worry about.

But let's get back to those beautiful bee's, most people have a fear of bee's; the fear of being stung is in the top 5.  I've been one of those people, but when you start to understand the significance of the bee's lifecycle, the importance it has for us and our own life-cycle; you have to start to question 'why we have this basic instinct to panic?'

There are around 20,000 known species of bee's, each has it's own part to play in the natural eco-system. For instance; the honey bee's supply us with beautiful tasty honey, which in turn is a great source of antioxidants, it also has antibacterial properties, which helps in healing wounds, relieves digestive issues and let's not forget that 'mummy remedy' of hot water, honey and lemon that helps too smooth those sore throats. 

However the most critical part a bee plays in our world is that they help pollinate our plants, which helps grow, breed and produce our food supply.  I could continue to talk about how the bee's impact our life's in a positive way, why we shouldn't panic when we see them, but the most significant part of this discussion is about how this impacts on the purchasing of organic rather than the non-organic clothing and what value it can have on your own family lives.

The most influential part organic cotton plays is that it reduces the environmental footprint, by using non-toxic chemicals to grow the crops, keeping the bee's, farmer's and workers safe.  It also means that farmers can grow more than one crop, which increases their income, thanks to the pollination of the working bee's. 

Another positive of organic cotton is what it can do for the consumers; particularly those people suffering from skin allergies and sensitive skin, who can wear organic cotton with little to no side effects.  Babies and children are particularly vulnerable to toxic chemicals since their bodies are still developing and because they also weigh less, their susceptibility is greater; which means choosing organic cotton, will help to support healthy growth and lessen the chances of sensitive skin and allergies in the future.

With all these positive reasons, why is it that according to https://ota.com/ organic cotton currently makes up less than 1% of the world's global cotton production, whilst 99% is poisoning the common bee, farmer's, their workers and let's not forget our own quality of life.

We need to take action, we need to increase the demand for organic cotton, buying more organic cotton products sends a loud message to not only the big brands, but also the manufacturers.  By sending this message we can reduce the cost of manufacturing on organic products and make organic cotton 'a norm' in our wardrobes.

By choosing products made with organic cotton you can have peace of mind, knowing that the items you wear, consume or use are nontoxic to you, your family, the environment and doesn't aid in the deterioration of the bee's and our natural eco-system.

Just remember that if we continue to walk this path of purchasing non-organic products,  we will become more dependent on man-made processes adding further damage to our environment and the future of our children.

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