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How Organic Cotton Delivers in a Water-Stressed World by Soil Association

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

One kilogram of cotton takes as much as 20,000 litres of water to produce, but Soil Association report shows that going organic can make a significant difference that saves precious water.

Photo: Soil Association Report 2020.

Non-organic cotton is a thirsty crop, a dirty crop and highly polluting crop. Growing cotton accounts for 69% of the water footprint of textile fibre production. The majority of cotton is grown in countries already facing water stress. Cotton accounts for 16% of all insecticides sold globally. Many of these hazardous synthetic pesticides are washed into our waters and soils, causing serious problems to animals and humans.

20% of global water pollution is a result of dyeing textiles. Exposure to these chemicals cause long term complications to humans and animals.”

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Organically grown cotton meets strict social and environmental criteria and works holistically with people and the planet.

Click here to read the full Report by Soil Association, 2020.


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