🌱 Cotton is the most highly sprayed crop in the world since it is not used for consumption. Over 95% of cotton crops are non-organic and are then covered in toxic pesticides. Cotton alone uses nearly half of the worlds agrochemical pesticides while only accounting for around 3% of the world’s crops.
🌱 7 of the 15 pesticides used on cotton are listed as “probable”, “likely”, or “known” carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency.
🌱 Heavy pesticide treatment becomes part of the plant and doesn’t merely wash out.
🌱 In order to prepare conventional cotton for use in fabrics and other products like cotton swabs, cotton rounds, tampons, etc., the cotton is heavily treated with chlorine, fragrances, formaldehyde, silicone waxes, softeners, and other toxins.
🌱 Cotton products are used on the skin, our bodies largest organ. These chemicals are absorbed by the skin.
🌱 Cotton hygiene products come into contact with some of our most delicate places like the face, wounds, reproductive organs, and ears. The skin is a transdermal organ and can absorb what it comes into contact with.
My method is to not panic and throw out all your cotton products. When you run out of cotton swabs or tampons or other cotton products, look for a better replacement. Try organic cotton for these items. The price isn’t much more and the difference it makes is well worth it. I’ve linked some of my favorites in my amazon shop for you.
Organic cotton products will be free of synthetic and toxic pesticides and will typically also be free of chlorine, fragrance, and other known toxins.
Cotton Hygiene Products