Textile Exchange, a not-for-profit organization, responsible for the Organic Exchange Conference (annual event dedicated to the analysis of the situation of global organic cotton) has recently published its new Organic Cotton Guide. In it we can find an in-depth analysis of the benefits of the production of organic cotton, over the conventional production with chemicals, for society, economy, environment and health. For example:
- Organic agriculture promotes the environmental balance, social and cultural inclusion, respect biodiversity and improves the quality of the soil and does not pollute the waters.
- Given that it was common to read that conventional cotton production consumed less water than the organic Textile Exchange decided to carry out a study to disprove this assertion. Conclusion: the production of a t-shirt with organic cotton saved 982 gallons of water compared to the chemical cotton.
- Toxic components used in conventional agriculture is poisoning the waters and with consequences severe. The National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences conducted a study about 89,000 participants, which revealed that (especially the prostate cancer), Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, asthma and other diseases are most abundant in agricultural communities.
From Organic Cotton Colours, as Textile Exchange members, we want to add some of the positive socio-environmental impacts we get day by day with the project OCCGuarantee in Brazil 😉
- Creation of sustainable employment: 150 families of farmers who own the land that work with a stable agreement of purchase of all the annual cotton production
- Fields free from polluting machinery and artificial irrigation
- Biodynamic cultivation fields: cotton and organic food for sale and/or self-sufficiencyFind out more in our website
And, one last #OCCGuarantee thought:
Although it is true that organic cotton production produces less than conventional one, if consumers had a more responsible consumption of the clothing industry, might we really need so much production? We think might not. The day we are more conscious, natural rhythms of production will be far enough to provide all of us while respecting the land and the people.