Organic Cotton VS Conventional Cotton
All the activities/processing steps such as manufacturing, weaving, wet processing, finishing and knitting (subcontracted) comply with the highest standards of ecology and sustainable development. The fabric is GOTS certified.
- Almost 25% of all the world’s insecticides and 10% of pesticides are sprayed on cotton, and some of these are responsible for poisoning wildlife and rivers, and killing people each year (Soil Association, Environmental Justice Foundation and Ethical Fashion Forum).
- Between 1 and 3% of agricultural workers worldwide suffer from acute pesticide poisoning. All pesticides should be considered as being potentially hazardous to human health, accoring to the FAO, UNEP and WHO (Childhood Pesticide Poisoning, 2000-2004).
- Conventional cotton is the world’s most polluting and pesticide intensive crop (Green Choices). World Bank estimates that almost 20% of global industrial water pollution comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles (Sustainable Communication). Cotton accounts for 16% of global insecticide releases – more than any other single crop ( EJF, 2007, The Deadly Chemicals in Cotton, Environmental Justice Foundation in collaboration with Pesticide Action Network UK, London, UK. ISBN No. 1-904523-10-2).
- Also an estimated 30% of the world’s cotton is genetically modified (GM) that poses a potential risks to people health and wildlife (Soil Association and Environmental Justice Foundation). GM is banned in organic systems.