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Most of the people world over wear cotton Clothing due to its benefit to the wearer. However this has severe environmental consequences as the elevated usage of insecticides in the cotton clothing is worrying consumers and policymakers equally.
As per Wikipedia Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land yet uses 16% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop. What it means is that Cotton is the world’s dirtiest crop.(1)
Apart from this another area of major concern is the conventional textile value chain. The processing is replete with hazardous chemicals and industrial wastes, posing problems not only to the end-products in the process but also to workers and lives around the locality.
The challenges we are facing today are:
Organic cotton(2) is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Therefore those who are sensitive to chemicals found in clothing, find organic clothing very effective and comfortable to their skin.
Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.
Therefore Organic and Eco-friendly clothing are fast becoming choice of people, primarily women and kids.
Clothing with organic cotton has following benefits: