Cotton has gained a bad reputation in recent years. However, it is a renewable natural material with many good qualities. Cotton can bear a lot of useage and washing. It feels comfortable to wear and does not easily electrify. Cotton is therefore very versatile. Cotton products can be mechanically recycled, that is, they can be torn back into fibers. Developement of mechanical recycling is now well advanced.
I have noticed that after the cotton has had a bad reputation, it has been replaced with viscose. Of course, consumers are not told that the viscose process uses toxins that contaminate the environment and makes workers or people living in the vicinity ill, if reclaiming is not done properly. In countries where viscose is produced, legislation and controls may not be in order. In addition, viscose can bear less usage and washing. So the life of the garment is shorter. However, viscose has also been developed into more environmentally friendly fibers, which are often also stronger.
Some of the suppliers I am using are just switching to organic cotton. I think it’s better to use their existing fabrics first, even if they aren’t made from organic cotton, than to make a new, similar knit from organic cotton. The fact that unused fabrics are thrown to waste is a bad thing in many ways.