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Report: The Truth About Organic Cotton and its Impacts

Hoping to quell misconceptions about organic cotton and its differences from the conventional kind, Textile Exchange released a Quick Guide to Organic Cotton. The fact sheet, out Friday, points to organic cotton as a preferred fiber, or one that is ecologically and socially progressive, and outlines exactly why.

“Cotton production has evolved over the last 15 years,” Textile Exchange managing director La Rhea Pepper said, continuing, “greater awareness of the health, economic and environmental benefits of organic farming practices by farmers and buyers has influenced corresponding improvements in many cotton production systems, including the input intensive practices of chemically grown cotton.”

According to Textile Exchange, adoption of preferred cotton production methods has increased to 8.6% of the overall cotton market, and of those methods, organic cotton has the lowest environmental impact as it doesn’t use any toxic chemicals or genetically modified seeds. Looking further into the sector, 193,840 farmers produced 112,488 metric tons of organic cotton in 2015. Nineteen countries are farming the fiber—India is making the lion’s share of it (67 percent)—and global sales of organic cotton products totaled $15.76 billion in 2015.

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