Do you know clothes you are wearing indirectly helping to increase global warming? Let me show you how…?
When we are choosing clothes what we actually seek is high quality fabrics, smoothness, durable, light then cotton fabrics become one of the choices of most people. But do you know worldwide 18% pesticide and 25% insecticide of total are used for cotton production. The fashion industry is responsible for 10 % of annual global carbon emissions. A 2017 report found that, in 2015 alone, the fashion industry consumes 79 billion cubic meters of water. To produce just one cotton shirt requires approximately three thousand liters of water which worth almost three years of drinking water (WWF). At present, many of the key cotton-producing countries are under high water stress, including China, India, the US, Pakistan, and Turkey. Each year 70 million trees are cut down worldwide for wood-based cellulose fibers production.
THEN WHAT CAN BE THE SOLUTION……? As clothes are basic need and we can’t deny the above fact as well. So, isn’t it grateful, if the product/clothes we are using indirectly help to save the world?
Yes, you are reading right we are talking about the miracle plant “hemp” which help us to get our desirable fabrics while conserving nature as well.
Hemp fiber is stronger and softer than cotton, lasts twice as long as cotton, and will not mildew. On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton. Talking about its cultivation, it is far easier than the cotton; it is naturally resistance to weed which will ultimately reduce pesticide use can say suited for the organic farming. Similarly, irrigation requirement, it is comparatively low as of cotton if adequate water is provided during growth period. A 2010 article in The Huffington Post quotes a scientific report to inform us that every ton of hemp can absorb up to 1.63 tons of CO2. Isn’t it interesting…?? Moreover, of the total fiber input used for clothing, 87% is disposed of in a landfill which is not quick degradable as of hemp fibers. Because of this reason hemp is considered as temporary natural solution for global warming.