Running head: IS ORGANIC CLOTHING WORTH IT?

Is Organic Clothing Worth It?:
Traditional Cotton versus Organic Cotton
Shelby L. Drake and Jessika Y. O’Toole
Waxahachie Global High School

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Table of Contents
Abstract…………………………………………………………………………………………....4
Traditional Cotton……………………….………………………………………………………...5
Industry Production………………………………………………………………………..5
Effects on Environment………………………………………………………...5
Working Conditions…………………………………………………………….5
Durability of Clothing……………………………………………………………………..5
Maintenance of Clothing…………………………………………………………………..5
Cost of Clothing…………………………………………………………………………...5
Effects on Humans………………………………………………………………………...6
Market……....……………………………………………………………………………..6
Figure 1.1………………………………………………………………………….6
Organic Cotton……………………….…………………………………………………………....6
Industry Production………………………………………………………………………..6
Effects on Environment………………………………………………………...6
Working Conditions…………………………………………………………….6
Durability of Clothing……………………………………………………………………..6
Maintenance of Clothing…………………………………………………………………..6
Cost of Clothing…………………………………………………………………………...6
Effects on Humans………………………………………………………………………...6
Market……....……………………………………………………………………………..7
Figure 1.2………………………………………………………………………….7

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Conclusion………………………………………………………………………………………...7
Appendix…………………………………………………………………………………………..8
Figure 1.3………………………………………………………………………………….8
Figure 1.4………………………………………………………………………………….8
References………………………………………………………………………………………....9

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Abstract

Identify the purpose of the research. Explain what organic and inorganic is. Explain statistics
over organic cotton and inorganic cotton. Explain why the reader should care about organic and
inorganic cotton. Lastly, give a short explanation on why organic is overall the better choice.
Keywords: GMO, pesticides, conventional farming

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Traditional Cotton versus Organic Cotton
Traditional Cotton
Industry Production
Effects on Environment. Explain the negative impact on the environment. Refer to figure
1.3 and 1.4.
Working Conditions. Explain child labor. Talk about the lack of adequate equipment.
Durability of Clothing
Write about how non-organic clothing can be harmful to the skin. Also write about if the
non-organic last longer than organic clothes.
Maintenance of Clothing
Explain the maintenance of how to keep traditional cotton clothing lasting.
Cost of Clothing
Talk about the cost of clothing and why it is cheaper than organic clothing.
Effects on Humans
Explain the causes of allergies, rashes, and other problems that traditional cotton may
cause.
Market
Explain the supply and demand of regular cotton to compare the rates between them.
Figure 1.1 Graph of the economic equilibrium to find where the supply line and demand line
cross when it comes to regular cotton consumerism

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Organic Cotton
Industry Production
Effects on Environment. Explain how wastewater is treated. Explain the annual savings
of organic cotton. Refer to figure 1.3 and 1.4.
Working Conditions . Explain the no child labour, and how all factories are regularly
inspected.
Durability of Clothing
Explain what ​Global Organic Textile Standard (​GOTS) certified clothing is. Compare
organic clothing duability than non-organic clothing.
Maintenance of Clothing
Explain the maintenance of how to keep organic cotton clothing lasting.
Cost of Clothing
Talk about the cost of clothing and why it is more in cost than organic clothing.
Effects on Humans
Explain how toxic chemical residues are not allowed in GOTS certified clothes.
Market
Talk about the difference between traditional and organic cotton market. Insert figure 1.2
and explain market value, and expanding organic portfolio.T​he global organic market is growing
and consumer demand is increasing. The organic cotton harvest in 2015 represents 350,033​ha
certified land, 193,840 organic farmers, and 112,488 organic cotton fibers; which equates to a
potential saving of 218 billion liters of water bottles, 288.7m kw of energy, 87,201 olympic size

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pools, and 92.5kg of carbon dioxide. ​Explain further as we receive more data through our
feedback and surveys as well.
Conclusion
Summarize why organic cotton is worth the extra money than paying for non-organic
cotton. Summarize how organic cotton is better for the cotton and the consumer.

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Appendix

Explain the cultivation process, and inserts figures to better explain the process. Typically
treats seeds with fungicides or insecticides. Use genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds for
approximately 70% of United States grown cotton. Apply synthetic fertilizers. There is a loss of
soul due to predominantly mono-crop culture. Place definition of mono-crop culture.
Non-organic farming requires intensive irrigation. Applies herbicides to soil to inhibit weed
germination. Place definition of herbicides. Non-organic farming repeatedly uses herbicides to
kill weeds that grow. Defoliated with toxic chemicals. Explain defoliation.
Insert figure 1.3 and figure 1.4.

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References

Dietz, D. (2013, June 11). Protecting our planet and protecting ourselves: The importance of
organic cotton. ​The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com
/david-dietz/organic-cotton-sustainable-fashion_b_3562788.html
Lakhal, S. Y. (2003) Compareing conventional and certified organic cotton supply chains: the
case of Mali. ​Agricultural Resources, 7(3). 243-253.
Funtanilla, M. (2009). An evaluation of the organic cotton marketing opportunity. ​Agricultural
and Applied Economics. Retrieved from http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/49359/2
/2009%20aaea%20paper%2004-30-09.pdf

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