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Organic cotton to fair trade fashion

Cotton tales

Cotton plays an important part in our lives - you are probably wearing something made from cotton as you read this. But have you ever stopped to think about where it comes from and how it is grown?

It is likely that the cotton you are wearing was grown using large amounts of strong synthetic pesticides and fertilisers - because cotton isn't a food product, the laws on the use of chemicals are not very strict. As a result, dangerous chemicals go into the air, soil and water around the cotton fields, harming and killing farm workers and wildlife. Each year, three million people around the world suffer the effects of pesticide poisoning and 20,000 die.

But there is an alternative. This is the story of a group of cotton farmers in Peru who have stopped using chemicals, and of the companies in Europe that are turning their crop into fashionable clothes.




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