Fast fashion allows consumers to buy more, but there are real dangers from cotton. Fast fashion has become a hazard to many people and animals who live near the Citarum river in Indonesia and Uzbekistan, where cotton is grown.
In Indonesia there are over 400 factories, more 200 hundred factories dump there toxic waste into the Citarum River. The polluted water is giving all people who live near the river skin conditions that doctors can’t treat. Every factory has a pipe that pumps out chemicals, which are used in colored dyes. Scientists have found mercury,led and arsenic in the Citarum River and say others have been found. Mercury can damage the brain,led can lower the IQ level and arsenic is poisonous.
Most people think cotton is the most eco-friendly material but Actually that is incorrect ,cotton rely’s on large amounts of water to be able to grow, it can be rain or a other natural source. In Indonesia the Aral sea which had a lovely turquoise color and homed over 24 species of fish has been drained over the last few years by cotton farms it has now become a large lake. As a result the dried sea bed is releasing toxic chemicals and dust causing lung cancer and other issues for people who live near there.
The other problem with cotton is the amount of pesticides used. Pesticides are chemicals that are meant to control pests but pesticides can cause a number of health effects like cancer and they are also flamable and extremly poisonous.
The final problem with cotton is the manual labour used to pick the cotton.In last years harvest 7 people died including a boy who fell asleep arfter helping his mother . Arfter this event the government banned child abuse in cotton picking,but they are continuing to force adults to work.
What pesticides can cause…
- Alzheimer’s disease that kills brain cells and causes all types of dementia.
- Birth defects
colored dyes are a big issue, even with organically grown cotton. Dyes are toxic chemicals and their use and disposal harm the environment. But organic non toxic dyes are being made and are available now. Colored Cotton is now a problem they are genetically modified to make it colored and as fluffy as possible in other words the die is being “grown on the stem”
In America 10.5 million tons of clothes end up in landfill either to be burnt or left to rot.Most fashion addicts have seasonal wardrobes. When their clothes go out of fashion the clothes are often just dumped in the bin, either to be burnt, releasing greenhouse gases and smoke which helps increase global warming, or left to rot in landfill. A mere 15% of clothes are recycled or donated to charity or friends. Chemicals and dyes from clothes get in to the soil and water where it can harm the environment.
We must be able to admit to our selfs this is all happening because of our insane amount of consuming clothes.Some of them so cheap at the expenses of people in many countries .They don’t have a choice they have to go to work. They can’t have clean water or pay for food, school and health esentials .So make a differance and act now.
by N.H & E.D(primary school)