WHAT IS organic or green cotton

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NASPEX ORGANICNASPEX GREEN COTTONCONVENTIONAL
seed preparation:Natural, untreated GMO free seeds.CONVENTIONALTypically treated with fungicides or insecticides. Possible GMOs.
soil preparation:Healthy soil through crop rotation. Retains moisture in soil from increased organic matter.CONVENTIONALSynthetic fertilizers, loss of soil due to mono- crop culture, intensive irrigation.
weed control:Healthy soil creates natural balance. Beneficial insects and trap crops used.CONVENTIONALAerial spraying of insecticides and pesticides. Nine of the most commonly used pesticides are known cancer-causing agents.
harvesting:Natural defoliation from freezing temperatures or through the use of water management.CONVENTIONALDefoliation induced with toxic chemicals.
production:Warp fibers stabilized using double-plying or nontoxic cornstarch.SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTIONWarp fibers stabilized using toxic waxes.
whitening:Safe peroxide is used.SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTIONChlorine bleaching creates toxic by-products, which are released into the environment.
finishing:Soft scour in warm water with soda ash, for a pH of 7.5 to 8.SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTIONHot water, synthetic surfactants, additional chemicals (sometimes formaldehyde).
dyeing:100% NATURAL HERBAL DYENO DYEINGHigh temperature containing heavy metals and sulfur.
printing:HERBAL DYE screen print or low-impact, water-based inks and/or pigments with no heavy metals.

European Chemicals Regulation (REACH

Low-impact, water-based inks and/or pigments with no heavy metals.

European Chemicals Regulation (REACH)

Pigments may be petroleum based and contain heavy metals. Run-off spills into waterways, polluting streams.
fair trade:Social criteria in place to ensure safe, healthy, non-abusive, nondiscriminatory environment with living wages.SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTIONNo social screening. Possible child or forced labor used. Facilities may be unsafe and unhealthy.
marketing:Positive story can be told to differentiate you from your competitors.SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTIONNone. As awareness of organic advantage expands, increased potential for negative image.
price:Initial cost more expensive. Long-term advantages: priceless.SAME PROCEDURES AS ORGANIC PRODUCTIONInitially cheaper. Long-term impact on environment: devastating.

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