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Denim, velvet, flannel, jersey, percale... Cotton is used in a wide variety of fabrics. It makes up about 21% of the world's textile consumption. We know about its versatility... and also about its environmental impact.

Facts and Figures About Conventional Cotton

It's estimated that you need about 2,700 litres of water to make a T-shirt out of conventional cotton and about 6,800 litres for a pair of jeans.1

Growing conventional cotton requires 7% of the pesticides and insecticides used worldwide, chemical inputs that pollute ecosystems.

What Is Organic Cotton?

Grown according to agricultural standards that ban the use of genetically modified seeds and minimize the use of harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers, organic cotton has many advantages when compared to conventional cotton:

- It improves the condition of the soil
- It results in better water quality and local biodiversity
- It significantly reduces the depletion of resources like water

Organic farming helps to protect the planet and people's health by reducing the exposure of produce to toxic chemicals, which can work their way into the air, water, and even our food chain.
As it uses no harmful chemicals, growing organic cotton is therefore beneficial to the health of the communities that live near these fields and farms, as well as for consumers.

This type of farming promotes crop rotation, the use of cover crops, and intercropping in order to keep the soil rich in nutrients. These practices also help to reduce the potential for soil erosion by up to 26% compared to conventional farming methods. In addition to contributing to the development of more fertile land, these different agricultural approaches allow for more than one crop to grow together. Not only does this diversify farmers' revenues, but it also gives them better financial security.

Organic cotton flowers

Another significant advantage is that organic farming techniques use natural fertilizers, like compost, which recycle the nitrogen that's already present in the soil, rather than adding more. These methods also help trap larger quantities of carbon than conventional farming, which drastically reduces GHG emissions. This farming favours using natural predators and techniques rather than harmful pesticides to keep away unwanted insects and microorganisms.

The biodiversity of the soil of organic farming builds over time thanks to organic fertilizer and crop rotation.2 The soil becomes rich in organic material, allowing it to retain more water, and thereby reducing the use of blue water3 by 91% compared to conventional cotton farming.

Sources: HIGG MSI4 comparing organic cotton to conventional cotton

Environmental impacts of organic cotton
Organic cotton and linen boho blouse Organic cotton and linen boho blouse
Icône

Organic cotton and linen boho blouse

$50.00

Faded organic cotton balloon jean Faded organic cotton balloon jean
Icône

Faded organic cotton balloon jean

$60.00

Utility hoodie Utility hoodie
Le 31

Utility hoodie

$60.00 $44.95

Eco-friendly minimalist sweat short Eco-friendly minimalist sweat short
Le 31

Eco-friendly minimalist sweat short

$30.00

Urban utility jacket Urban utility jacket
Le 31

Urban utility jacket

$110.00 $89.95

Organic cotton and linen cargo joggers Organic cotton and linen cargo joggers
Le 31

Organic cotton and linen cargo joggers

$79.00

Eco-friendly minimalist sweat short Eco-friendly minimalist sweat short
Le 31

Eco-friendly minimalist sweat short

$30.00

Colour block-sleeve T-shirt Colour block-sleeve T-shirt
Djab

Colour block-sleeve T-shirt

$25.00

Short-sleeve sweatshirt Short-sleeve sweatshirt
Le 31

Short-sleeve sweatshirt

$45.00 $34.95

Seaside-stripe pant Reykjavik fit-Anti-fit Seaside-stripe pant Reykjavik fit-Anti-fit
Le 31

Seaside-stripe pant
Reykjavik fit-Anti-fit

$79.00

Faded organic cotton bubble jean jacket Faded organic cotton bubble jean jacket
Icône

Faded organic cotton bubble jean jacket

$60.00

Faded organic cotton short Faded organic cotton short
Icône

Faded organic cotton short

$45.00

Organic cotton and linen Hopsack jacket London fit - Semi-slim Organic cotton and linen Hopsack jacket London fit - Semi-slim
Le 31

Organic cotton and linen Hopsack jacket
London fit - Semi-slim

$130.00 $69.95

Adjustable-waist organic cotton and linen pant Sydney fit - Straight Adjustable-waist organic cotton and linen pant Sydney fit - Straight
Le 31

Adjustable-waist organic cotton and linen pant
Sydney fit - Straight

$55.00

Stretch organic cotton blue jean London fit - Slim straight Stretch organic cotton blue jean London fit - Slim straight
Le 31

Stretch organic cotton blue jean
London fit - Slim straight

$79.00

Pleated stretch chinos Reykjavik fit-Anti-fit Pleated stretch chinos Reykjavik fit-Anti-fit
Le 31

Pleated stretch chinos
Reykjavik fit-Anti-fit

$60.00 $44.95

Loose colourful organic cotton polo Loose colourful organic cotton polo
Twik

Loose colourful organic cotton polo

$25.00

Organic cotton ankle-illustration socks Organic cotton ankle-illustration socks
Simons

Organic cotton ankle-illustration socks

$8.00

Organic cotton cargo jean Organic cotton cargo jean
Twik

Organic cotton cargo jean

$50.00

Organic cotton loose-sleeve cropped sweatshirt Organic cotton loose-sleeve cropped sweatshirt
Twik

Organic cotton loose-sleeve cropped sweatshirt

$35.00

Thin bandana patchwork sweatshirt Thin bandana patchwork sweatshirt
Djab

Thin bandana patchwork sweatshirt

$50.00

Toggle-cord fleece hoodie Toggle-cord fleece hoodie
Djab

Toggle-cord fleece hoodie

$35.00

Tactical cargo joggers Tactical cargo joggers
Djab

Tactical cargo joggers

$79.00

Creative graphic T-shirt Creative graphic T-shirt
Djab

Creative graphic T-shirt

$25.00 $14.99

Eco-friendly minimalist half-zip sweatshirt Eco-friendly minimalist half-zip sweatshirt
Le 31

Eco-friendly minimalist half-zip sweatshirt

$35.00

Eco-friendly minimalist sweatpant Eco-friendly minimalist sweatpant
Le 31

Eco-friendly minimalist sweatpant

$35.00

Organic cotton floral scene T-shirt Organic cotton floral scene T-shirt
Contemporaine

Organic cotton floral scene T-shirt

$35.00

Organic cotton poplin shirt Organic cotton poplin shirt
Contemporaine

Organic cotton poplin shirt

$50.00

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Sources:
1 https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/the-impact-of-a-cotton-t-shirt
2 http://aboutorganiccotton.org/
3 Blue water is water retrieved from underground and surface sources, due to irrigation for example. This term includes all sources of fresh water except rainwater.
4 These results were calculated with the help of the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The Higg MSI analyzes the impact of materials over their entire life cycle (up until the materials are ready to be assembled into a product). The Higg MSI scores or the calculations of percentages provided here represent only one production step within the scope of the Higg MSI (for example, fibres or raw materials). They do not provide an overall view of the impacts involved in the production of materials. The SAC does not verify the results of users' custom materials. (Higg Materials Sustainability Index, 2020) https://msi.higg.org/page/msi-home

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