Organic Cotton Facts
Think of a fiber that is non-allergenic, comforting, 100% plant-derived, soothing, has high absorbent properties, is a non-irritant, and has wide medical and industrial uses. Apart from being the top natural fiber in terms of its uses in cloth manufacturing. I am sure that the only name that will come to your mind is “cotton”. To be more precise, that is probably conventionally grown cotton, which is the most infamous of crops in terms of the usage of chemical pesticides and fertilizers in its cultivation.
It has an enormous appetite for these toxic pesticides and fertilizers and is alone responsible for the consumption of more than 15% of the world’s total production of pesticides. However, despite being so infamous, if conventionally grown cotton is so widely sought after and is still so soothing on skin, then think how soothing and comfortable Organic Cotton can be. The way Organic Cotton is becoming famous and its production is increasing, you must have heard its name by now. Many of you might know it very well by now. For those who have just heard the name and want to know more or for those who have not heard of it yet, the following article should be very enlightening.
Organic Cotton: Organic Cotton is cotton that is grown without using any chemical fertilizers or pesticides on it. It is grown on land that has been treated and given sufficient time (at least three years) for the removal of all the toxic residues of chemical fertilizers and pesticides used earlier on it. The cotton is from original plants, meaning plants that are not genetically modified and that have not been treated with any chemicals (washes, bleaches, colors, or scents) during its processing and packaging.
Production: The production of Organic Cotton has increased enormously over the last few years. Global Organic Cotton production jumped by more that 53% in 2006-2007 over that in 2005-2006, and then amazingly by almost 152% in 2007-2008. That amounts to 145,872 Metric Tons or 668,581 Bales grown in 24 countries, with India topping all other nations. Among others, the specialty of Indian Organic Cotton is that all the cotton is hand-picked. The major Organic Cotton producing nations are listed below in descending order of the amount of Organic Cotton they produced.