Chances are you’re currently wearing something made of cotton.
Ever since the fifth millennium BC, people have used the natural fiber derived from the cotton plant in textile production, and it’s now an enormous industry.
Currently, the plant is growing on about 2.5 percent of the world’s arable land to supply the world with 25 million tons it uses every year.
First of all, cotton needs water to grow.
The WWF estimated that around 10,000 liters of water are required to produce 1 kilogram of cotton textile – enough for a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.
Those chemicals run off into streams, aquafiers, and lakes, contaminating the water with excess nitrogen and deadly pesticides.