History: 500+ years
Major Producers: India, Texas, Egypt
Strength: breathable, moisture-wicking, plant-based, biodegradable, versatile
Weakness: water-thirsty, land-intensive
Enemy: convention cotton that requires toxic chemicals like pesticides
It is estimated that only ~2% of all cotton-based clothing is made of organic cotton. Cotton easily develops resistance against pesticides. It also takes up a lot of land, and is labor intensive.
Choosing organic cotton means you are supporting farms, mills, and brands that are committed to producing cotton plants in natural way that respects and protects biodiversity of the cotton farm, even though it's more expensive and time-consuming.