Back to Our Roots
We all agree, natural and organic products shouldn’t be
just for humans! We share this planet with the animal kingdom,
it’s becoming imperative that we show the same concern for
them as we show for ourselves, and our planet.
So what do we mean by organic? Toys and shirts made from
ORGANIC cotton share these comparisons to conventionally grown
and harvested cotton. Organically grown cotton uses untreated
seeds and NEVER uses genetically modified organism (GMO) seed.
Conventionally grown typically treats seed with fungicides or
insecticides and uses GMO seeds for approximately 70% of US
Organic methods build strong soil through crop rotation. This
retains water more efficiently thanks to increased organic matter
in soil. Conventional farming uses synthetic fertilizers and
loses soil due to predominantly mono-crop culture which requires
intensive irrigation. Organic growers use physical removal of
weeds rather than chemical destruction, then controls weeds
through cultivation and hand hoeing. Conventional growers apply
herbicides to soil to inhibit weed germination and repeat use of
herbicides to kill weeds that do grow. Organically grown cotton
relies mostly on the seasonal freeze for defoliation or may
stimulate defoliation through water management. In contrast,
conventional harvesting defoliates with toxic chemicals.
Conventionally grown cotton consumes approximately 25% of the
insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides used in the
world. It takes roughly an eighth of a pound of pesticides and
fertilizers to produce enough cotton for just one doggie
So why is that a problem? Many of the most common cotton
pesticides are scientifically linked to serious health problems
and toxicity in water, air and soil. Nine of the most commonly
used pesticides are highly toxic; five are probable carcinogens.
Organically grown fibers are unbleached, untreated, and
unprocessed. Organic toys and shirts use only natural extracts
from plants and minerals, such as gardenia seed, clove and
chestnut bur to dye fibers. With SimplyFido™ organic items,
your pet’s toxicity and allergy levels are greatly reduced.
The fabric is naturally softer than regular cotton, due to
improved soil fertility and harvesting methods.
What about organic food to keep pets healthy? Under U.S. law,
food products that bear the organic classification must meet a
series of independently verified standards set by the Department
of Agriculture, including being cruelty, hormone and antibiotic
free. You have more control over their intake.
“People are becoming more aware that if they adjust
their animals’ diets, their animals can avoid certain
illnesses, or perhaps require less medication for ailments from
which they are already suffering,” says Dr. Narda Robinson,
who works in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Colorado
State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. “Organic
diets take this one step further.” ---- Roxanne Hawn,
The Denver Post, Feb. 16, 2006.