Climate leaders meeting in Paris for COP 21: Convert cotton production and processing to organic methods.
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Organic cotton uses 90% less carbon (CO2e greenhouse gasses) to
produce than conventional chemical production.
Organic methods tend to increase soil organic matter, which
is a way to sequester carbon dioxide for long-term storage.
Organic methods don't use nitrogen produced using
No synthetic pesticides made from fossil fuels are used in
Even though cotton only uses 2.4% of all cultivated land, 25% of the
world’s pesticides and 10% of the world’s insecticides are used on it yearly.
Farm workers are not exposed to toxic pesticides.
Post harvest handling:
No chemical dyes made from fossil fuels are used in dying
the cloth. This reduces the harsh chemicals that degrade the cotton fibers that
shorten the wearing time of the resulting clothes. Organic clothes can be
washed 5 times more than conventional clothes. This can mean that four fifths of
the land currently used for cotton can be used for other crops, such as food or forest for an expanding population.