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'Organic cotton production emits 50% less CO2'
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Mar '16
Organic cotton production emits half the carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as compared to conventional ones, and thus has around half the global warming potential, according to a recent report on sustainable and ethical cotton sourcing released by Innovation Forum.

On an average, 1,000 kg of organic cotton production emits 978 kg of carbon dioxide. While the same amount of conventional cotton production emits 1,800 kg of carbon dioxide, which is almost double to the previously mentioned carbon dioxide emission, according to a research presented in the report.

Almost half of the total emission takes place during agricultural activity, around 18 per cent of the emission takes place during ginning and around 16 per cent of the total emission takes place during the use of machines.

Additionally, organic cotton uses 62 per cent less energy than conventional cotton during the production process. It uses around 5,800 megajoules of energy per tonne.

It requires almost half the amount of surface water and ground water during production process as compared to the conventional variant. It majorly uses green water during its production, coming from rain water, moisture from soil, etc.

“Organic cotton has less than half (46 per cent) of the global warming potential of conventionally produced cotton,” according to the report. (MCJ)

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