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Organic cotton causes less environmental damage

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Textile Exchange has released the results of an international Life Cycle Assessment that demonstrates the tangible benefits of organic cotton cultivation. The life cycle study tracked organic cotton fiber production and represents worldwide global production. It is based on data from producer groups located in the top five countries of organic cotton cultivation; India, China, Turkey, Tanzania and the United States. These countries account for 97% of global organic cotton production. The LCA investigated the impact of organic cotton cultivation in the categories of climate change/global warming potential, soil erosion and soil acidification, water use and consumption and energy demand. (Picture: Organic cotton shirt presented at the German fair Innatex)
 

To put the findings of the study into perspective, the results were compared to a separate independent peer-reviewed study of conventional cotton. The two studies were done independently and the comparison is of indicative value only. The most significant findings when comparing organic cotton to conventional are: 46% reduced global warming potential; 70% less acidification potential; 26% reduced eutrophication potential (soil erosion); 91% reduced blue water consumption, and 62% reduced primary energy demand. More information is available here.

 


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