Cotton: Know Before You Buy
- The production of cotton accounts for 25% of the world's pesticides
- In India, 91% of cotton workers complain of illness caused by chemicals
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies eight of the pesticides used in cotton as possible carcinogens
The push for organic cotton in increasing, because the fibers are cultivated without pesticides, chemical herbicides or synthetic fertilizers that can be harmful to the environment. However, the supply of 100 percent organic cotton is fairly limited: only .03 percent of worldwide cotton production is organic, according to the Organic Trade Association. Sales of organic cotton is expected to grow over the next year, but at this time time only 1% of cotton grown is organic.
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