Our cotton….Why we only use GOTS certified cotton for our t-shirts. It comes as a surprise to most people, but cotton is actually considered the world’s dirtiest crop. This is due to the cotton industry’s use of hazardous herbicides and insecticides, including some of the most hazardous insecticides on the market. This is what the Organic Trade Association says: “Cotton is considered the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop due to its heavy use of insecticides, the most hazardous pesticide to human and animal health.
Aldicarb, parathion, and methamidopho, three of the most acutely hazardous insecticides to human health as determined by the World Health Organization, rank in the top ten most commonly used in cotton production.
All but one of the remaining seven most commonly used are classified as moderately to highly hazardous.
Aldicarb, cotton’s second best selling insecticide and most acutely poisonous to humans, can kill a man with just one drop absorbed through the skin, yet it is still used in 25 countries and the US, where 16 states have reported it in their groundwater.” Needless to say, this is not good for anyone. The consumers, the farmers, workers and the nature. That is why ELSK uses organic cotton.