I am a quilter and bagmaker. I use cotton every day. Since the textile industry is one of the largest polluters in the world, I go out of my way to use organic fabrics, including cotton, which require none of the pesticides chemically treated fibers. The World Bank estimates that almost 20% of global industrial water pollution comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles.
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Cotton production accounts for 2.6% of annual global water usage.
Remember this: A single T-shirt made from conventional cotton requires 2,700 liters of water, and a third of a pound of chemicals to produce.
The idea of being without water.....for a whole population is a circumstance that I cannot wrap my mind around. I grew up in suburbia and took water for granted. In fact, when I was young, I was sure it was free. Now we live in the country and depend on a well for our water. This is not a subtle change by any means. I am always aware of where my water comes from. The Earth. My Earth and your Earth. Of which we are the ultimate stewards. Together.