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new report has been published, disclosing that in 2015/16 organic cotton represented only ~0.5 percent of global production. The findings have further supported calls for increase in sustainable sourcing by the world’s apparel companies.

As discussed in our ethical fashion guide, which includes updated ethical comparison rankings for many of the world’s brands:  It is estimated that nearly one third of a pound of chemical fertilisers and pesticides is needed to produce enough cotton for a single T-shirt, and these chemicals are some of the most toxic around. They cause air and water pollution, pollute the land – killing animals and plants – and cause illness amongst farmers and workers. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 20,000 deaths occur in developing countries each year from poisoning by agricultural pesticides used on crops, of which many, due to their relative toxicity, can be attributed to cotton.

There are a number of things consumers can do to support sustainable and ethical fashion, including regularly reviewing our ethical index rankings for mainstream fashion brands.

Learn more here.

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