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Know The Difference  Organic Cotton Conventional Cotton
Seed Preparation  Natural untreated GMO free seeds.  Typically treated with fungicides 
Soil Preparation  Healthy soil through crop rotation. Retains moisture in soil from increased organic matter. Synthetic fertilizers, loss of soil due to monocrop culture and intensive irrigation.
Weed Control Healthy soil creates natural balance. Beneficial insects and trap crops used.  Aerial spraying of insecticides and pesticides. 9 of the most commonly used pesticides are known cancer causing agents.
Harvesting  Natural defoliation from freezing temperatures or through the use of water management. Deflation induced with toxic chemicals 
Production  Warp fibers stabilized using double plying ornon-toxic, cornstartch Warp fibers stabilized using toxic waxes. 
Whitening  Safe peroxide is used.  Chlorine bleaching creates toxic by-products, that are released into the environment.
Finishing  Soft scour in warm water with soda ash for, PH of 7.5-8. Hot water, synthetic surfactants, additional chemicals (sometimes formaldehyde). 
Softening  Natural soybean softening.  Petroleum-based softening. 
Dyeing  Low-impact fiber-reactive or natural dyes with low metal and sulfur content. High temperature with heavy metals and sulfur content.
Printing  Low-impact or natural pigments with no heavy metals. Heavy metals in pigments run off into waterways, and  pollute streams. 
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