Insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, defoliants, fertilizer, and lots of water are used to grow conventional cotton. Conventional cotton uses more insecticides—the most hazardous chemicals to human health—than any other single crop. After cotton is picked from the field and arrives at the mill, toxic dyes and chemical bleaches are applied during processing. The chemicals used for growing and processing cotton poison the soil, air, and ground water, and they have been associated with higher incidences of cancer and birth defects in both humans and wildlife. Have an aversion to genetically modified crops? The majority of cotton grown today is genetically modified to kill insects and/or tolerate herbicides used to kill common weeds.
What is a conscientious consumer to do?
Fortunately, you do have a choice when purchasing cotton. Clothing, bedding, mattresses, towels, cloth diapers, and more are now made with organic cotton—which some say is softer than conventional cotton! Many of GroVia’s products (all-in-ones, soaker pads and boosters) are made with Certified Organic Cotton.