“I believe that hemp is going to be the fiber of choice in both the home furnishing and fashion industries” – Calvin Klein
How Cotton is killing the Earth - Cotton has become the de facto source for materials ranging from apparel, bags, sheets, towels, and pretty much most other household fabric. Approximately half of all textiles are made of cotton.
Yet, we don’t hear much about the impact cotton makes to our environment.
Here are some quick facts:
- Cotton is the largest user of water among all agricultural commodities
- It can take 2,700 liters to produce the cotton needed to make a single t-shirt
- Cotton cultivation severely degrades soil quality. In the past 70 years, cotton production has depleted and degraded the soil in many areas
- Cotton farming uses 25% of the world’s pesticides and consumes 7% of all fertilizers
- Runoff of pesticides, fertilizers, and minerals from cotton fields contaminatesrivers, lakes, wetlands, and underground aquifers
- These pollutants affect biodiversity and have caused species extinction throughout the world
So what can Hemp do about it?