Never use Conventional Cotton Balls with your smoking device! Despite the fact that cotton covers a mere 2.5% of the world’s farmland, it accounts for over 25% of the world’s insecticide usage and is known as the dirtiest crop produced.
Every year, the strength of these insecticides has to be increased since the bugs continually build up immunities. The top nine pesticides used are classified by the US-EPA as the most dangerous, and five of those nine are known cancer-causing chemicals.
The cottonseed hulls that aren’t used to make fabric, go toward the production of mattresses, cotton balls, tampons, fuel, and feed for livestock – which eventually makes its way into the milk products we consume.
The toxins sprayed onto the cotton not only affect the plant itself but also seep into the soil compromising its nutritive value and eventually making its way into our drinking water. In addition, when cotton is manufactured into fabric, even more harmful chemicals are added during the cleaning and dyeing process.
Please note: Don’t use a whole cotton ball! Pull apart and fluff a small piece so you don’t restrict your draw. Change when it becomes brown or to your personal preference.