Environmental footprint of cotton

Last Modified: Sun Apr 24 2016 20:24:21 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 70%
    of all the water people use globally is dedicated to agriculture. That water is essential for the food we eat, as well as crops like cotton.
  • 3%
    of the total amount of water consumed by agriculture is used for growing cotton alone. In fact, WWF calls cotton “the most widespread, profitable non-food crop in the world.”
  • 250 million
    The number of people this cash-crop provides income for and employs almost 7 percent of all labor in developing countries.
  • 50%
    Approximately half of all textiles are made of cotton.
  • 20,000 litres
    According to WWF, the amount of water it takes to produce just one kilogram of cotton, which roughly equals one T-shirt and a pair of jeans.