What are the alternatives to organic cotton?
Can algae replace cotton as an alternative fibre?
- Brown algae, which are harvested in the fjords of Iceland, serve as a raw material for alternative fibres that may someday replace cotton. Despite its natural image, the conventional cultivation of cotton has serious impacts on people and the environment.
How much less energy does cotton use than other fibres?
- It uses 91 % less land and groundwater and 62 % less energy. However, the problem of immense water consumption persists, and competition for arable land is becoming ever tougher. The rising demand for cotton is also creating a growing market for alternatives such as cellulose fibres.
Can recycled fibres replace cotton in clothing?
- However, there are no suitable or sufficiently practical production methods in place so far to produce recycled fibres that might replace cotton for mass markets. Marina Chahboune is a corporate-responsibility manager at Hessnatur, a German manufacturer of natural textiles.
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