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Hemp vs Cotton: How Cotton is killing the earth

Cotton is a big source as long as materials that include apparel, bags, sheets as well as towels are concerned; we can actually say that the majority of the household fabric relies on cotton.  Close to half of very textile know to us is made from cotton.

Unfortunately, not much is made public with regards to the impact that cotton has on the environment.

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In summary:

• It makes use of 25 percent of the pesticides in the world
• Uses at least 7% of all fertilizers
• There is close to 50% wastage of water slightly more than hemp.
• Leads to soil exhaustion
• Leads to a change in climate
• It can cause extinction for species.

Find below comprehensive facts on cotton.

• Cotton remains to be the biggest water user in comparison to every other agricultural commodity.
• It uses up to 2700 liters of water for production of cotton meant for just one t-shirt.
• Growing cotton works in degrading the quality of the soil. For the past 70years, it has degraded as well as depleted it in very many areas.
• Farming cotton takes up to 25 percent of all the pesticides used across the world while consuming 7 percent of fertilizers.
• Pesticides, fertilizers as well as different minerals runoff from cotton fields leading to contamination of water sources such as rivers, lakes, wetlands as well as aquifers found underground.
• Pollutants from cotton fields have affected the biodiversity we have causing the extinction of certain species across the world.

With this reality, the World Wild Life have contended that the methods used in the production of cotton are not environmentally friendly and are unsustainable which in all sense will undermine the ability of people in this industry from maintaining future productions.

So what can we do about it?

It is very unlikely that people will stop putting on cotton shirts any time soon. It is not easy to just start boycotting products that are made from cotton, anyway, what would people even wear if it is not cotton related?

With this said, we may need to build a foundation for something that can be used as an alternative option instead of cotton. In fact, it may never be easy to completely stop using cotton related products though we can start reducing on its use as well as producing less of the same up to a level that is more sustainable.

So, what other best alternative could replace this other than hemp?

Industrial Hemp

Calvin Klein noted that he believed hemp with time will become the fiber of choice to be used in home furnishing as well as in the fashion industry.

Hemp provides a great alternative as it is pocket-friendly and sustainable in its use if we were to start considering utilizing less cotton.

• Production of hemp utilizes 50 percent less water as compared to cotton production.
• The production of hemp does not need agrochemicals inclusive of pesticides as well as fertilizers.
• Hemp usually aids in the improvement of soil conditions as well as stabilization which is all because of its deep tap roots.
• The plant’s ability to adapt to different climatic conditions as well as its deep roots enable it to do well in drought and damaged soils.
• Hemp provides us with 8 times tensile strength as well being 4 times more durable in comparison to cotton.

Sustainability options associated with hemp

Synthesized Plastic

Plastics made from hemp are not toxic and they are also biodegradable. It has more strength in comparison to standard plastics.

Tree Paper

An acre of hemp produces paper equivalent to 4 acres of trees in a given season that is 100 days long.

Crude Oil

Biofuel made from hemp is 86 percent greener in comparison to gasoline and this can be utilized for transportation in vehicles.

As more people especially consumers, manufacturers of textile as well as brands dealing with apparel become well versed with hemp and its tremendous benefits, it may end up becoming a great option to replace the use of cotton. Pioneers in the clothing industry such as Clavin Klein already forecasted this. Calvin Klein noted that he believed hemp with time will become the fiber of choice to be used in home furnishing as well as in the fashion industry.

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