The Environmental Dangers of Cotton: Part 2

With the temperatures dropping night by night, snuggling up in a warm and soft sheets sounds heavenly. The colder nights may also be a sign for someone to upgrade to new bedding. Cotton bedding is what often comes to mind whenever a person thinks about purchasing new sheets, but this fabric is not what it seems. This fabric is actually a hazard to the environment. Here is the second edition to the environmental dangers of cotton and how the lyocell fiber is the better option. 

​Cotton is Filled With Chemicals 
If a product harms the planet, then it will mostly likely cause harm to humans. This holds true with pesticide usage for cotton production. Currently, cotton is the crop that uses the most pesticides and insecticides in the world. More than half of those pesticides used on cotton are listed as human carcinogens. After those chemicals are sprayed on the crop, the pesticide dust is then blown into the air. Once in the air, this dust will negatively air and drinking water quality for humans and wildlife. Lyocell does not involve pesticides or insecticides in their production process since the plant is already insect-repellent. 

​Organic Cotton is No Different 
Putting the word 'organic' in front of the product does not actually mean the product is organic. Organic cotton does not differ from regular cotton. Producing organic cotton holds such a small percentage of all cotton manufacturing that it becomes extremely difficult to purchase. Even if someone can find organic cotton, its production is worse for the environment than normal cotton as it requires more water and exudes more greenhouse gasses. A product does not have the word 'organic' in the title for it to be good for the environment. The botanic fiber, lyocell has been proven to be better for the environment over other fibers.

Now that it is out in the open that cotton is worse for the environment and also for humans. This coming holiday season, everyone can purchase new hypoallergenic sheets made from lyocell with the knowledge that they are choosing a fiber that will not contaminate the air, water, and the land.