Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cotton 101.....

The U.S grows over 12 million acres of cotton each year, mostly saturated with pesticides and insecticides. The common estimate for this toxic shower is 8.5 million tons annually. If you do the math, this is a heck of a lot of chemicals per acre. Many of these pesticides are EPA toxicity class 1, meaning that these are considered the most dangerous and toxic. Remember, cotton is not considered a food crop and can be treated with chemicals not allowed on, say, a field of corn or wheat. 

Did you know that it takes 2,000 liters of water to produce the cotton for one t-shirt?
Did you know that growing cotton causes such intense pollution that workers are dying?
Look at this video. I went to an organic cotton bedding outlet in West Marin last week.
Found this on their site....

Next post, I want to share what I am finding out about soy fiber.