Organic cotton advantages - is cotton sustainable?

loading...

Tons of organic cotton produced

Globally, this year

Customize how the counter should appear on your website


Standard look

This is an example of how the standard counter will look like (without a border).

84,840.654

Tons of organic cotton produced

Globally, this year

By TheWorldCounts

Where should the counter appear?

Please enter the domain name of the website where you want the counter to be displayed


Customize the counter

You can custimize the basic look of the counter. If you require additional styling, you can do this on your own website.



Organic cotton is grown without any...
synthetic chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides. It also promotes and enhances biodiversity and biological cycles. So is cotton sustainable? Well, it can be if you go for organic fair trade cotton.

Top 6 facts about organic cotton

1

Organic cotton is a solution

Organic fair trade cotton is free of chemical pesticides and is produced with respect for the workers' rights and safety. Global production is still small but has increased 5-fold over a period of just 4 years. Organic cotton is now grown in over 22 countries around the globe.


2

Can organic cotton save lives?

“Organic farming (…) saves lives from not using pesticides. We no longer have debt problems. Income is all profit at the end of season. Land and soil are preserved”. Farmer Gera Paul, Benin.


3

Organic cotton has a huge potential

At one Egyptian farm project, organic cultivation has boosted cotton yields by more than 30 percent, and the fiber is processed into textiles without any synthetic chemicals. In Uganda, organic cotton farms are more productive than the conventional farms.


4

It makes a difference

Each 100-percent organic cotton T-shirt you buy eliminates the use of 150 grams of agricultural chemicals.


5

Still a long way to go

At present, only 17 countries have imposed bans on any of the top 10 hazardous pesticides used in cotton production. And only 2 of these are major cotton producing countries.


6

Hemp is another alternative

Hemp has been used to make clothes for 12,000 years and is more robust than cotton so it does not need large volumes of chemicals. You can get three times more hemp fibre from the same area compared to cotton. Hemp also requires less water and energy than any other fibre - and it’s cheaper than cotton.



Organic cotton

According to the fourth annual Organic Exchange Farm and Fiber Report 2009, organic cotton production grew an impressive 20 percent over 2007/08 to 175,113 metric tons (802,599 bales) grown on 625,000 acres (253,000 hectares). Organic cotton now represents 0.76 percent of global cotton production. Organic cotton was grown in 22 countries worldwide with the Top Ten producer countries led by India and including (in order of rank) Turkey, Syria, Tanzania, China, United States, Uganda, Peru, Egypt and Burkina Faso. Approximately 220,000 farmers grew the fiber. According to the Organic Cotton Market Report 2009 released by Organic Exchange in May 2010, global sales of organic cotton apparel and home textile products reached an estimated 4.3 billion dollars in 2009. This reflects a 35 percent increase from the 3.2 billion dollars market recorded in 2008. Companies reported significant growth of their organic cotton programs, and increased adoption of standards addressing organic product traceability and sustainable textile processing.


Organic cotton is a solution

Can organic cotton save lives?

Organic cotton has a huge potential

It makes a difference

Still a long way to go

Hemp is another alternative

Get TheWorldCounts newsletter

Interested in more facts like the organic cotton? Then plug in and subscribe to our newsletter.


Suggested for you

TheWorldCounts is all about uncovering facts that will blow your mind.


Get ready to discover disturbing and amazing facts about our planet. Alright. Amaze me!

Like us on Facebook

A little click can go a long way. And if you feel couragous, please share.