While cotton may be the fabric of our lives, environmentalists have long been on a mission to lift the veil of ‘softness’ that is often associated with its production. The folks at Roozt have put together a visual representation of the current mission clothing companies face to find an eco-friendly cotton substitute.
The infographic covers the pros and cons of fibers like tencel and hemp, along with the benefits of using plants like bamboo and organic cotton for different clothing industry needs. For example, did you know that it takes anywhere between 700 – 2,000 gallons of water in the production of one pound of cotton fiber? Likewise, cotton requires nearly twice as much land as hemp does for every ton of finished textile.
Here’s a look at the some of the substitutes and why the clothing industry should be considering them: