Facts on Cotton and Sustainability

  • by Alan Taylor
Cotton as it is a natural fabric always has the instinctual feeling that it is an eco friendly fabric, this is not true at all. It is incredibly wasteful of water in the growing stage and if the fabrics are dyed that ads a substantial amount more.⠀

Jeans are a big problem with this area with the crop growing, indigo dying and then different washes. Best way to tackle this is by buying second hand. Our favourite has to be @levis Their denim is so durable that it will literally out live you and their style is timeless. There is so much of it out in the world already you can pick up 'as new' quality second hand.⠀

If you must buy new, make sure you do your research on the brand, what their sustainability goals are. For example do they work with recycled denim mills like @thenewdenimproject or do they make with organic denim made locally and offer a lifetime repair like @blackhorselane.⠀

Let us know your favourite sustainable brands in the comments below.⠀

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Here are a few more facts⠀

85 percent – The percentage of water used in textile processing that goes into dying the fabrics, which, in many cases, leads to run off, thereby polluting nearby water sources. (Cotton, Inc.).⠀

3250 litres – How much water it takes to produce the cotton needed for one t-shirt – that is almost three years’ worth of drinking water. ( @wwf ).⠀

8200 Litres – The approximate amount of gallons of water to grow enough cotton to produce just one pair jeans. (@treehuggerdotcom ).⠀

25 billion gallons –The water required for one year’s worth of global textile production (including cotton farming). ( @ellenmacarthurfoundation ).⠀

1.3 trillion gallons – The amount of water used each year for fabric dyeing alone. ( @worldresources ).
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