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Why I'm Paying Farmers to Convert to Biodynamic Cotton

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Textile manufacturing causes about 20% of industrial water pollution and emits 10% of global carbon emissions
  • Textile production uses 43 million tons of chemicals annually, and this doesn’t include the pesticides used to grow cotton; Americans also throw away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles each year
  • An evaluation of 14 popular U.S. clothing manufacturers found while some had policies in place to manage environmental or labor issues, most did not give details about the policy or reveal measurements to achieve the goal
  • The Mercola-RESET Biodynamic Organic Project is currently working with 55 certified organic farmers in India, with a mission of converting them to biodynamic and planting biodynamic cotton on 110 acres of land this season
  • RESET will pay all organic biodynamic farmers in our project a 25% premium over conventional cotton prices, which will be paid directly to the farmers
  • When shopping for clothing, make sure it’s organic, biodynamic and/or GOTS-certified; however, ultimately the best choice for the environment is to purchase less clothing overall

When you think about curbing pollution, taking aim at the clothes in your closet is probably not high up on the list. But the textiles industry is one of the most polluting on the planet. New trends and “ultrafast fashion” has clothing entering popular clothing stores on a weekly or even daily basis.

As a result, Americans have increased how much clothing they buy, with the average person bringing home more than 65 articles of clothing in 2016, according to the “Toxic Textiles” report by Green America. Where clothing was once valued for durability and practicality, we’re living in an age where people feel pressured to keep up with clothing trends, at the expense of quality and the environment. Green America noted:

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