What is so special about organically grown cotton?

January 14, 2008

Many people are not necessarily aware of the ecological impact conventionally grown cotton can have on their health and especially on the environment. However, the clothing industry has a major impact on sustainable living. To give you an example, about ¼ of all global insecticides and 10% of pesticides are used in the conventional cultivation of cotton. Throughout the textile chain, from raw material to the finished product, no less than 8,000 different chemicals are used. This is a deadly production which affects the grower, the manufacturer, the consumer and our environment!
A 2004 study conducted by researchers at the Technical University of Lódz, in Poland has shown that hazardous pesticides applied during cotton production can also be found in cotton clothing. What is more, hazardous pesticides associated with global cotton production are a substantial threat to global freshwater resources, to name but one environmental impact non-organic cotton can cause.

These figures show clearly that the choice of organic clothing is more than embracing a sustainable way of life: Our health and safety are at risk if we continue to grow, manufacture and buy conventionally grown cotton clothing.

For more detailed information about conventionally grown cotton, please visit
http://www.ejfoundation.org/page324.html The Deadly Chemicals in Cotton

Please visit http://www.babysbest.co.uk/Articles/Campaign-for-Affordable-Organic-Living/11-01-08/30/ to find out more about
The Campaign for Affordable Organic Living.

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