All natural cotton, for a healthy body and healthy planet
Think all cotton is the same? Only one kind cotton is sustainable and responsible.
Most people think of cotton as a “natural” product. The reality: Cotton is one of the most chemically intensive crops in the world. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 84 million pounds of pesticides were applied to the nation’s 14.4 million acres of cotton in the year 2000, and more than two billion pounds of fertilizers were spread on those same fields. Seven of the 15 pesticides commonly used on cotton in the United States are listed as “possible,” “likely,” “probable” or “known” human carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency. And cotton defoliants are “the most toxic farm chemicals currently on the market,” says Fawn Pattison, executive director of the Agricultural Resources Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the use of harmful pesticides.
But there is a better alternative: Organic cotton, grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or defoliants, is becoming the better choice for people who want a sustainable cotton that is clean, soft, and better for the earth.