Organic cotton is far more sustainable than “regular” cotton because it is grown using methods and materials that have a much lower impact on the environment. Organic practices for growing cotton also focus on replenishing and maintaining soil fertility, reducing the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and building biologically diverse agriculture.
A few reasons. First of all, according to the Organic Trade Association, cotton is considered the “dirtiest crop” in the world, because commercial cultivation requires immense amounts of insecticides, the most toxic class of pesticides to human and animal health. Aldicarb, the most toxic insecticide currently used, can kill a human with a single dermally-absorbed drop. It can take almost 1/3 of a pound of synthetic fertilizers to grow one pound of cotton. All in all, it’s a very chemical-reliant crop.
Organic cotton production still relies on chemicals, but they are naturally-occurring, and many are less toxic than the ones used in traditional farming. It’s a great step to shift away from a petrochemical-based society and economy.
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