Organic Cotton at UTS
There are many indirect ways that the production of cotton affects us. Nitrogen synthetic fertilizers are almost always used to nourish cotton crops but are major contributors to N2O emissions which are 300 times worse than CO2. Next, pesticide residues have been detected on cottonseed hulls. The hull of the cottonseed is used as a secondary crop which is sold as a food commodity. 65% of cotton production ends up in our food chain. Either directly through food oil or indirectly through the milk or meat of animals. Cotton is extremely versatile but it has an enormous impact on the environment and our health. 7 of the top 15 cotton pesticides are possible carcinogens. During the conversion of cotton to conventional clothing, many hazardous materials are used and added such as; silicon waxes, harsh petroleum scours, softeners, heavy metals, flame and soil retardants, ammonia, and formaldehyde. Approximately 10% of all pesticides, and 25% of all insecticides in the US are used for cotton production. By buying organic t-shirts we can minimize our role in the unnecessary use of pesticides and insecticides. At UTS we purchase all of our Show, House, and band shirts from American Apparel. There is an organic line available however, we aren't currently buying organic. By signing this petition you are helping to make UTS greener and to help use organic cotton t-shirts as a substitute to the normal cotton t-shirt whenever possible.