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Eco-shopping – not fashion, but conscious choice

How many of us know that products with a 100% cotton tag on them often represent synthetically dyed mix of pesticide-infected fibres with bleaches and GMO?

Cotton production belongs to the most poisonous industries in the world. Massive amounts of artificial fertilisers, toxic herbicides and pesticides and defoliants are used in the cotton cultivation process, which make its production highly contaminating. Only a few of us realise that during the cultivation process of conventional cotton, 25% of the world’s insecticide substances and 16% of the world’s pesticides are used, while cotton cultivation area only takes up 2,5% of all crops combined. Moreover, most of the common pests immunise themselves to those substances within a period of 5-6 years and hence the farmers are forced to use even stronger chemicals.

Harmful substances used during cotton cultivation are not only absorbed by plants, but also by air, soil and water causing a major disturbance in the entire eco-system. There are numerous cases documenting serious health complications of farmers employed on the cotton plantations caused by pesticides. Moreover, child labour remains a major issue. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded in their research that 7 out of 15 most often used pesticides during cotton cultivation are cancerous. According to the British Pesticide Action Network, over 20000 people died because of pesticide-related diseases.

The situation gets even worse in the subsequent stages of cotton processing, which involve the use of numerous chemicals. Most of them involve chromium-based bleaches, toxic dyes, and synthetic softeners. These chemicals mostly contain copper, zinc, and other harmful metals. Also the substances protecting the fabrics from getting dirty and wrinkly can contain derivatives of petroleum and toxic formaldehyde. Conventional cotton absorbs the “dirty” substances used during its production process and as a result the processed cotton fabrics contain its residues.

It is scientifically proven that conventional cotton tends to be one of the often causes of the skin allergies, eyes, nose throat and irritation, sleep complications, concentration and memory disorders as well as asthma. World Health Organisation (WHO) classified numerous substances used during cotton cultivation and production as particularly dangerous for the nervous system of newborn babies as well as continuously contributing factor to the occurrence of cancerous diseases.

That is why, when you next purchase an allegedly 100% cotton piece of underwear or clothing, pay particular attention to the source and quality of the cotton as well as the way it has been dyed. The conscious choice is especially necessary when you buy clothes for your baby. Be a conscious parent.

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