In recent years, sustainability has been a significant focus of those who are trying to do their part for the environment. More and more people are reducing their plastic usage, recycling, and saying goodbye to single-use plastic bags.
Then there are those who start looking at the materials they are using, such as cotton. How sustainable is cotton? Is it better to use than human-made fibres such as polyester? Read on to find out.
There is a significant demand for textiles in the world, and cotton is the most in-demand for many reasons. It’s sustainable, biodegradable, renewable, and environmentally-friendly. What’s more, it keeps this status throughout its lifecycle, unlike petrol-based fibres which often come from non-renewable sources.
Contrary to popular belief, cotton also doesn’t require a considerable amount of pesticides to grow. In each acre of cotton, around half a kilo of insecticides is used, and about one kilo of herbicides. As technology improves, the volume of herbicides and insecticides may drop.