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Going clothes shopping? Here's how to save some cash.

As our world starts moving toward a more eco-friendly place, people (especially food corporations) are putting a lot of emphasis on organic and pesticide-free produce. Not only is this produce more eco-friendly, but it's quite frankly much healthier for everyone. However, we need to realize that it's not just what we put it our body, we can harm ourselves by what we wear, also.

One of the most popular, if not the most popular, sources of clothing material is cotton. Unfortunately, what many people don't realize is that cotton can be unsafe. Although cotton is a natural plant, as companies become more concerned with quantity not quality, cotton plants are treated with all types of pesticides. Conventionally grown cotton poses as a threat to consumers and our planet as a whole. Pesticides can cause many types of serious illnesses, and most importantly have been directly linked to cancer cell generation.

As we try to become more eco-friendly, it's important to think about what we wear, not just the products we physically consume or utilize in our home. Going organic when feasible is the better choice - the soil that grows the cotton is not contaminated with pesticides, therefore leaving surrounding wildlife unharmed. According to an article, organic clothing can actually be more cost-effective than clothing made from conventionally grown cotton. A conventionally grown cotton shirt, for example, goes through various treatments such as the spraying of pesticides, bleach, dying and softening with chemicals. Conventional cotton lasts about 15 washes before the fibers start to break down. Organic cotton, however, can last approximately 100 washes and does not receive the same hazardous treatement and handling prior to its purchase. Essentially, you would have to purchase roughly 6-7 conventionally grown cotton t-shirts to have them last the length of one organic shirt. That's 6-7 times the price.

As we have previously read in other Keen For Green articles, the practice of sustainable farming and industry production leaves an overall smaller carbon footprint. Next time you're debating over two cotton t-shirts trying to decide whether or not to purchase the pricier, organic one, go for it... you'll be getting more for your money.