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Organic Cotton vs Conventional Cotton- it's a no brainer!

Virginia Cachia

 

Now more than ever, we are more conscious about everything we consume, from food and fuel to beauty products and brands with an invested corporate social responsibility. However, we should pay more attention to the materials of our clothes and where it comes from!

 

According to the theworldcounts.com, Cotton is the most valuable (legal) non-food agricultural product and most of our favourite items are made from cotton, but what is the reality of the carbon footprint behind making of cotton? 40 % of the worlds clothing is made from cotton, and an astonishing 27 million tonnes of cotton are produced each year! That’s 27 t-shirts for everyone on earth and this is why organic cotton is so important and makes such a difference ethically and environmentally, also stated on theworldcounts.com.

Regular cotton consumes 16% of all insecticides worldwide, these harmful chemicals leach into the environment, while organic cotton is made using beneficial insects.  No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton which in turn does not damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 88% less water and 62% less energy. Organic cotton also uses 46% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional cotton as per theworldcounts.com.
Organic cotton starts with natural, GMO free seeds and the full process includes soil preparation, weed control, harvesting production, whitening, finishing, dyeing, printing, fair trade, marketing and price, which are all different to conventional cotton farming. Each process has changed in order to make the growing of cotton a less dirty, and harmful industry.  Please see the following link here about GOTS: https://global-standard.org/about-us for more information and ways for you to be more involved in supporting organic cotton.

Organic cotton is a no brainer, because of the vast scale of consumption of cotton, making it organic is vital for the environment’s future and the future of our children.


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