Ok, so those of us who are a little more "in the know" about eco materials, probably know these facts already; but do you know what happens in the countries that mass produce cotton? Take the example, Uzbekistan, a small country situated near Afghanistan and Iran. With the GDP$3100 per capita, run by a group of dictating elites, the poor stay poor and the rich get richer. It was around 2007, when their unethical and unsustainable production was exposed:
Uzbekistan's main exports include cotton, gold, uranium and natural gas; and cotton takes up 1.3 million hectares of their land producing 1 million tonnes to be sent to manufacturers overseas, who make the clothes for our high street brands. During harvest time, students are forced to stop studies to help harvest the crops as farmers, and the government refuse to invest in machinery to harvest them. The environmental damages, lead to morbid social consequences: The Aral sea has been all but eradicated due to the water needed to sustain cotton production and the remaining land is contaminated with salt and pesticide residues. The diseases caused by the pesticide contaminated dust, include tuberculosis and cancer.