Cotton industry

Behind the cotton industry.

Did you know about the non-organic cotton industry?
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It takes 10,000 litres of water to produce one kilogram of cotton
Global cotton production requires over 250 billion tons of water annually.😥
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What does this mean?🤔
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Cotton production has been making a whole sea disappear...💔
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There is the Aral Sea, Once the fourth largest lake on the planet, however now virtually gone... The main reason is cotton cultivation.
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It has been called one of the planet's worst environmental disasters by the UN. 😨
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Deadly dust from cotton chemicals
Instead of the lake, 43 million tons of pesticide-laden dust is blown into the air each year. The Aral Sea region suffers from the highest rates of throat cancer on the planet - representing 80% of the cases of cancer.☠️
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We consume “virtual” water through your cotton clothing
It takes 10,000 litres of water to produce 1 kilo of cotton, meaning it takes about 2,700 litres to make 1 cotton t-shirt. Can you believe it?!😥
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When we purchase non-organic cotton clothing we, therefore “take” water from wherever the cotton was grown and produced.
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This is referred to as “virtual” water - when you use water around the world as a result of your consumption. But to be clear, the virtual water is very real:
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“The water consumed to grow India’s cotton exports in 2013 would be enough to supply 85% of the country’s 1.24 billion people with 100 litres of water every day for a year. Meanwhile, more than 100 million people in India do not have access to safe water”.
- The Guardian, 20 March 2015
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I think we should start caring about things that we don't see and people are suffering from what we choose. 🙏
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So, what can we do?
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Buy less and choose Organic cotton. 👍
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Organic cotton has a 91% lower water consumption than cotton grown with heavy use of pesticides.
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Also, organic cotton has:
62% lower energy demand
46% lower CO2-emissions
26% lower soil erosion
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Let's choose Organic if you can. 🙌
Our tiny decisions make an impact if we do together.