Takeaways:

  • Cotton Australia launched a trail to see if old cotton textiles could be shredded and put back into the ground to improve soil conditions.
  • Because cotton fibres are made from cellulose they can become food for bugs and microbes that live in the soil, making the soil more active.
  • “The big benefit here is diverting what currently goes to waste. There’s a risk that [the cotton items] go to landfill and produce methane, which is a damaging greenhouse gas,” says soil scientist Dr. Oliver Knox. […].

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