Now conventional cotton farms world over use 25% for the world's pesticides.
That’s just bad news no matter how it’s sliced and diced.
Among 15 unfavourable, yet popular pesticides used on cotton crop, five of them (cyanide, dicofol, naled, propargite, and trifluralin) are documented carcinogens. These and another 4 popular pesticides used on cotton crop are classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as dangerous and toxic chemicals. Many are Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) – pesticides that do not break down easily and eventually make their way to the water supply and affect aquatic organisms and the ecosystem.
Even worse, during processing the cotton crop is subject to chlorine, bleach, heavy metal dyes and formaldehyde.
The horror story of conventional cotton does not end there. In the process of farming in many developing nations, farmers are exposed to these dangerous pesticides and suffer deteriorating health issues, or worse - death. According to the WHO, pesticide poisoning is accountable for about 20,000 deaths annually around the world.
- Organic cotton is regulated by the Global Organic Textile Organization (GOTS). As part of being certified, it is required to be absolutely free of pesticides and other poisons when the crop is grown.
- When harvested and processed, it is not bleached or chemically treated.
- Less garbage goes down the drain to pollute the environment or affect your skin health.
That’s really a win-win situation.