A thirsty, dirty crop
Before I came on my sustainable travels I did not have one thought on how toxic the textile industry was to the people that make our clothes and our environment. I was shocked, I still am. I am personally seeing a change happening over these last few years which is positive but there is still so much work to do. Below I have wrote the shocking facts non organic cotton. I am aware that it is still very much everywhere we go but if you can read and share these this will help in building our knowledge of this toxic material.
Growing cotton accounts for 69% of the water footprint of textile fibre production. The majority of cotton is grown in countries that are already facing severe water stress.
- One kilogram of cotton takes as much as 10,000-20,000 litres of water to produce
- Cotton production uses 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land, yet it accounts for 16% of all insecticides sold globally.
- Around 20% of all global water pollution results from the dyeing and finishing of textiles. Most of the toxic chemicals that end up in rivers, lakes and the sea cannot be broken down or metabolised, and can remain present in water and soils for many years.
- Cotton production takes up 2.5% of the world’s farmable land , and accounts for nearly 40% of global textile production, making it the second most used fibre after polyester. Cotton farming supports an estimated 250 million livelihoods, accounting for almost 7% of employment in some low income countries.
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The Cotton Crabs
Information taken from the Soil Assocation Thirsty for Fashion Report. Read more here.