I would give a soft yes.
Nylon is a petroleum derivative, it emits NO2 and it is non-biodegradable.
The cotton industry has made many advances in the last several decades that have made cotton more “green.” Cotton is still environmentally damaging but it is getting better. Cotton can be made using alternatives to petroleum for an energy source, but Nylon will always be a petrochemical.
An environmental review of cotton: http://www.ehponline.org/members/2007/115-9/EHP115pa449PDF.PDF
The Cotton Industry defending its environmental record: http://www.cottoninc.com/Habitat-and-Biodiversity/Environmental-Impact-of-Cotton-Production/
Greenchoices.org has a comparison: http://www.greenchoices.org/index.php/impacts-2
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