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Organic clothing is clothing that is made from materials that are raised or grown without the use of chemicals in the form of pesticides - herbicides or other chemicals . Cotton covers 2.5% of the world's cultivated land yet uses 16% of the world's insecticides, more than any other single major crop.

There are no laws in the UK with regards to level of compliance with these standards and one item declaring itself as organic may still contain many thousands of inorganic chemicals .

Many highstreet retailers market organic clothing ranges that contain many chemicals from dyes to bleaches and other chemicals to aid transportation many thousands of miles from their manufacture in places such as Chinamarker . It can take almost a 1/3 pound of synthetic fertilizers to grow one pound of raw cotton in the US, and it takes just under one pound of raw cotton to make one t-shirt.

Turkey, India and the US produce organic fibers.

Authentic organic fabrics and clothing can help the environment in a number of ways, such as:
  • Manufacture of chemicals is not required
  • Chemical residues are not entered accidentally into the environment
  • Humans and animals are not exposed to chemicals
  • When the fabric is finished with chemicals are not returned to the earth in landfill, or enter into recycling process.


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