Agriculture and Environment: Cotton
Carcinogenic dyes & chemicals
On the processing and manufacturing side, the use of industrial chemicals is of concern, especially those associated with dyeing textiles and finishing clothes. These chemicals affect not only the environment but also workers in the processing and apparel industries. Of particular concern is the use of carcinogenic dyes and chemicals, especially azo dyes.
Other important concerns
At the producer level, the main environmental impacts from cotton production in order of importance include use of agrochemicals, water use, soil erosion and degradation, freshwater contamination, and habitat conversion and the associated loss of biodiversity.