Choose Organic Cotton!
The fashion/ textile industry is the second worst polluter after the oil industry. This information is not widely know, because the fashion industry's marketing approach to be cool and beautiful has influenced our culture immensely and blinded us to these startling facts. While many people continue to buy into materialism and obsess over the latest "fashion trends" the clothing industry is meanwhile destroying our planet at an alarmingly fast pace. Among the toxic fabric productions, non-organic cotton is contaminating the earth as well as farmer's health with immense amounts of toxic synthetic chemicals. Soon after we encountered one of the articles about how dangerous the fashion/ textile industry is, we decided to create Ti & CoCo and never look back.
Cotton’s Dirty Secret: Are You Wearing this Toxic Crop? By March 4, 2015
Cotton crops make up around 50% of the world’s textile needs. You wear it without even thinking about it. Socks, shirts, caps, bed linen, baby clothes, jeans, shorts, gloves, tea cloths… the list goes on.
You probably wear or use cotton every day. But at what cost?
The Soil Association states that the non-organic cotton industry uses almost:
- 25% of the world’s insecticides; and
- 10% of the world’s pesticides
The non-organic cotton industry is a huge source of global environmental pollution, using almost one quarter of all the world’s insecticides. In startling contrast, dirty cotton only grows on 2.5% of the world’s agricultural land, says the Rodale Institute.
Among these chemicals, there are a terrifying array of substances that are known carcinogens and others that were created as chemical weapons (like nerve gas).
Many cotton farms across the world – including the US – use chemicals like dioxin, aldicarb, and broad spectrum organophosphates; also with pesticides, before harvesting, lethal defoliants are applied to the crops, causing further harm. (This is just during the growth phase; more chemicals, which we’ll look at a little later, are used during the processing and production phase.)
We hope to inspire people to be more conscious about every action we take. If we all make better conscious choices to help our environment, then we can change the industry.
Sustainable Clothing = Sustainable Farming = Sustainable Environment. Like buying Organic Food. Good for the Earth. Good for Us.
Buy Organic Cotton clothing instead of regular cotton clothing and save the world! Peace with Aloha, Ti & CoCo