Green Considerations – Cotton Fabric’s Impact on the Environment
Negative Impacts of Cotton
Mainstream cotton farms use chemical pesticides and bio-engineering
to get the highest quality and yield per acre. I won’t elaborate on the
damage here, as the unintended consequences of chemical runoff and the
creation of more resistant pest insects are well documented.
Another environmental problem with cotton is how water and mineral
intensive it is; improper growing can lead to heavy soil mineral
depletion and erosion.
Positives of Cotton
Cotton is a renewable resource that has successfully clothed man for
centuries. In part to the Green movement, Organic Cotton has risen in
importance and economic viability. Organic cotton uses no synthetic
fertilizers or pesticides, and therefore leaves a smaller footprint on
the environment. However it has a lower yield per acre and a lack of
economies of scale in the industry – the cost to get organic cotton to
the consumer often doubles the price of this fiber.
Over the last 20 years we have also seen the re-emergence of
naturally colored cottons. Cultivated for thousands of years, although
now just receiving more attention from fashion houses, naturally colored
cotton fiber can be grown in red, brown, beige, and green. Other
naturally grown colors are in development.
Conclusion – Cotton Fabric is here to stay in Menswear
Cotton fabric’s properties have made it a staple in menswear for
thousands of years. Despite it having drawbacks and losing ground to
less expensive synthetic fibers, cotton will continue to be a large part
of a man’s wardrobe.
Cotton fabric is here to stay in menswear – make sure you understand
this fabric as proper care will ensure a longer life for your cotton
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