Cotton

Cotton is found in over half of the clothing worn today, so it makes sense that you are looking at this page to see how it is affecting our world’s environment and ethics. However, cotton has lots of issues with sustainability. It is lacking heavily on both the ethical side of sustainability and the environmental:

Pesticide use in cotton has been linked to cancer and birth deformities.

It takes 20,000 liters of water to produce 1 t-shirt!

Cotton has been linked to slavery in countries like Uzbekistan.

Though the fiber feels nice, and it seems to be in every piece of clothing we buy, the cotton  industry is having a huge, negative effect on our world.

Learn more through posts or explore the map below! Each location is a major producer of cotton.