This week at YKK, we are studying the YKK Fundamental Behavior, "Protect the Environment," and it got us to thinking about what type of impact the clothes we wear would have on the environment. We found this article which includes the latest research done by the Textile Exchange on the top three reasons to support the expansion of organic cotton agriculture.
1. The Health and Environmental Impacts of Pesticides Must be Acknowledged in a comparison of organic and chemically grown cotton production.
Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides or fertilizer, which chemical cotton is dependent on both.
There is an overwhelming body of research showing higher incidents of serious diseases and development problems from exposure to agricultural chemicals or physical proximity to chemical-based farming communities.
A favorite argument in support of chemical agriculture is that the yields are higher. Chemically intensive agriculture, especially in irrigated systems, push the ecosystem year-on-year for higher yields. This requires the use of an ever-increasing amount of chemical inputs, including growth regulators.
3. The notion that chemical cotton uses less water than organic cotton is false.
Based on the Textile Exchange Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) findings, organic production of cotton for an average sized t-shirt resulted in a savings of 1,982 gallons of water compared to the results of chemically grown cotton.
YKK Offers an Organic Cotton Zipper
If you are interested in learning more, YKK produces a zipper made of organic cotton fibers that is designed to help reduce our carbon footprint.