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Why Cotton is not the best choice for bedding

Why Cotton is not the best choice for bedding
Cotton bedding is a common choice for many people when it comes to sheets, pillowcases, and duvets; however, the production of cotton is notoriously unsustainable.

First, cotton is a water-intensive crop. It takes around 2,700 liters of water to produce just one kilogram of cotton, which is enough to make a single t-shirt and a pair of jeans. This is a significant concern, as water is a limited resource, and many regions that grow cotton are already facing water scarcity.

In addition to being water-intensive, cotton is also a heavily sprayed crop. Pesticides and other chemicals are used to protect the plants from pests, but these chemicals can have negative effects on the environment and human health. They also contribute to the pollution of water sources, which can impact the health of local communities.

Another issue with cotton is that it is often grown as a monoculture crop, which means that the same crop is grown over a large area, year after year. This can lead to soil degradation and decreased biodiversity, as other plants and animals are crowded out.

Finally, the process of turning cotton into bedding requires a lot of energy and resources. The cotton must be harvested, ginned, carded, spun, woven, and dyed. This process can be quite resource-intensive, and it generates a lot of waste.

In light of these concerns, it’s important to consider more sustainable options for bedding. Organic cotton is a good choice, as it is grown without the use of pesticides, and it is often grown as part of a diverse crop rotation. Other options like eucalyptus are more sustainable than cotton in terms of water usage, chemical use, and energy consumption.

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