Organic cotton showed a reduction in water use and energy demand

Organic cotton showed a reduction in water use and energy demand

Organic cotton production shows a significant cut in global warming potential, soil erosion, water use and energy demand, according to a new study.

Non-profit organisation, the Textile Exchange, a consistent supporter of organic cotton, commissioned the independent report from sustainability consultancy PE International, which conducted a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) based on data from the five leading organic cotton-producing countries: India, China, Turkey, Tanzania and the US.

Compared to conventional, non-organic cotton production, organic cotton showed a 46% reduction in global warming potential, 70% less acidification potential, a 26% cut in the potential for soil erosion, 91% reduced blue water consumption, and a 62% fall in demand for primary energy.

“The release of the Organic Cotton LCA marks a turning point for the organic cotton sector as a whole,” said La Rhea Pepper, Textile Exchange's managing director.

“For 12 years, we have been promoting the benefits of organic cotton. This study allows us to show the quantitative data that supports what we already know – that organic cotton is much better for our environment than conventional cotton.”