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Denim Jeans are Destroying the environment...
If everyone who cared realized how blue jeans were manufactured, perhaps they would think twice about buying them. I saw this on the website below. It is quite bleak.
Here's an excerpt:
"Growing Cotton – About 450 million pairs of jeans are sold in the U.S. every year. The average woman has 8 pairs of jeans in her closet. Cotton is one of the thirstiest crops in the world. It takes 1,500 gallons of water to produce 1.5 pounds of cotton to make a single pair of jeans. Let’s not forget the insecticides: cotton growers use 25 percent of all such chemicals applied worldwide, including highly toxic organophosphates (chemical relatives of nerve gases used during World War II). Pesticide sprayers and farm equipment run on oil, and about a pound is required to harvest enough cotton for a single pair of jeans."
And there's more...