As originally posted on Maxim Hygiene Products Website: http://www.maximhy.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=15
Conventional Cotton Facts
Cotton, a natural fiber, has been grown for millennia around the world and accounts for half the world’s fiber consumption. But modern methods of cotton farming can hardly be called natural. The amount of land used to grow cotton hasn’t changed since 1930s, but yields have been increased 300 percent through Hybridization, Intensive land management and use of chemical Pesticides and Fertilizers.
Organic Cotton Facts
Organic Cotton is grown without the use of Pesticides, Fungicides, Herbicides, Swage Sludge, Irradiation or Genetic Engineering. It is certified by an accredited independent organization.
Instead of these toxic chemicals, Organic Farmers use Beneficial Insects, Crop Rotation, Compost, Cover Crops and weed by hand or machine in order to build soil quality, enhance biodiversity and protect the air and water on which we depend.
Organic vs. Natural
Organic Cotton Farming
- Untreated Seeds are used.
- Genetically Modified Organism seeds are never used.
Soil & Water
- Builds Strong Soil through Crop Rotation
- Retains water more efficiently, because of increased Organic matters in the soil
- Physical Removal rather than Chemical Destruction
- Controls weeds through Cultivation and Hand Hoeing
- Maintains a balance between pests and their natural predators through healthy soil
- Use Beneficial Insects, biological and cultural practices to control pests.
- May use trap Crops, planted to lure insects away from the cotton.
- Relies mostly on the seasonal Freeze for defoliation
- May stimulate defoliation through
Conventional Cotton Farming
- Typically Treat seeds with Fungicides or Insecticides.
- Use Genetically Modified Organism seeds.
Soil & Water
- Applies Synthetic fertilizers.
- Loss of soil due to predominantly Mono-Crop culture.
- Requires Intensive Irrigation.
- Applies Herbicides to Soil to inhibit weed germination.
- Repeatedly uses Herbicides to kill weeds that do grow
- Uses Insecticides heavily.
- Uses Pesticides (the nine most common highly toxic chemicals).
- Frequently uses Aerial Spraying, with potential drift onto neighboring Communities.
- Defoliates with Toxic Chemicals.
Organic Cotton Benefits
By Choosing Organically grown Cotton, you can reap all the benefits of Cotton’s beauty, comfort and strength. While minimizing harm to human and our planet.
The benefits are as follows:
- It is 100% Eco-Friendly prodoct.
- The natural, chemical-free process drastically reduces soil and water pollution.
- It has natural soft feel quality
- It is far more absorbent than Fluff pulp used in Sanitary Hygiene Products.
- It is Hypoallergenic. It does not cause any Allergy or irritation when it touches human skin.
- Organic Cotton provides all the quality and texture you are expecting from cotton products.
- Organic Cotton feels good on your skin and good on your conscience.
Organic Cotton Benefits (1)
It protects our health. Babies and children are the most vulnerable to the health risks related to pesticides. Choosing Organic Cotton clothing reduces their exposure to toxic and persistent pesticides on their skin, in soil and water, air and food. For adults with sensitive skin, Organic Cotton enables you to avoid allergens contained in chemically grown and synthetic products. Also, supporting organic agriculture is essential to creating improved working conditions for farm workers.
Organic Cotton Benefits (2)
It Heals the Planet. Organic Cotton farming protects water quality by not using pesticides and fertilizers that are linked to groundwater contamination, the primary source of drinking water for half of the US population. It also encourages biodiversity by controlling pests with friendly insects rather than multiple applications of toxic chemicals. It has been estimated that pesticides unintentionally kill at least 67 million birds in the US each year and it’s likely they kill many more.
Organic Cotton Benefits (3)
Supports a True Economy. Conventional cotton prices do not reflect the hiden costs we pay including billions of Dollars in subsidies, pesticide regulation, hazardous waste disposal and overall environmental damage. Organic Cotton is often farmed by small independently owned and operated family farms.
Why To Choose Organic Cotton
• Conventional Cotton Farming uses approximately 25% of the world’s Insecticides and more than 10% of the Pesticides (including Herbicides, Insecticides and Defoliants).
• In 2003, 55 million pounds of Pesticides were sprayed on the 12.8 million acres of conventional cotton grown in the United States (4.30 pounds per acre), making Cotton the third most heavily treated US crop behind corn and soybeans (Reported by USDA).
• The US Environmental Protection Agency categorizes seven of the 15 most common pesticides used on cotton in the year 2000 in the US as “possible,” “likely,” “Probable,” or “known” human carcinogens (Acephate, 1,3-Dichloropropene, Diuron, Fluometuron, Pendimethalin, Tribufos,and Trifluralin).
• In 2000, more than 2 billion pounds of Synthetic fertilizers were applied to cotton crops worldwide. That’s nearly 150 pounds of chemicals per acre.
• According to the World Health Organization, 20,000 individuals die of cancer and miscarriages each year in developing countries as a result of the chemicals sprayed on conventional cotton. Farm workers around the world are suffering from serious health problems relating to an over exposure to hazardous pesticides, including Asthma, Neurological damage and Cancer.
• It takes roughly a third of a pound of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to grow enough cotton for just one T-shirt.
• The average “100% cotton” product actually contains only 73% cotton. The remaining 27% consists of Chemicals, Resins, and Binders used in Farming and Manufacturing.