Ekologisk bomull - Varför?

Organic cotton - Why?

Láhku considers the organic cotton movement to be of significant importance, not only due to its low environmental impact but also for its contribution to safeguarding people's health in cotton-growing areas.

Conventional cotton cultivation is highly chemical-intensive. These chemicals rank among the most toxic substances classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (a federal environmental agency in the USA).

Cotton accounts for nearly half of the world's textile production. As the clothing industry expands and the demand for cotton garments rises, so does the threat. This creates adverse effects on unique ecosystems and jeopardizes freshwater supplies in many producer countries, given that cotton growth requires substantial water. Moreover, significant amounts of agricultural chemicals are required to reduce damage from pests and weeds. This is due to an extended growth cycle, flowering, seed formation, and the lack of adaptation of commercially grown cotton to the chosen cultivation area.

Subsequently, cotton undergoes processes such as washing, dyeing, and treatment for wrinkle-free materials, all of which harm both people and the environment. Opting for organic cotton instead could potentially save water, energy, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. While small, these savings can significantly contribute beyond one's expectations.

When organic cotton is grown, no pesticides or stress-inducing fertilizers are used. This results in higher quality with longer fibers and increased durability. The following requirements apply to organically grown cotton:

  • Production should be water-efficient and energy-conscious.
  • Pesticides are not used.
  • Natural fertilizers and composting are used, ensuring nutrient-rich soils for future generations.
  • Alternative solutions are used for hazardous defoliants or handpicking cotton in more small-scale production.
  • Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not cultivated.
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