Episode 214 - Growing Organic Cotton

Original Airdate: 
Monday, February 7, 2011 - Sunday, February 13, 2011
Next Airdate: 
Monday, July 20, 2015 - Sunday, July 26, 2015

It may look clean, but cotton is actually one of the dirtiest crops around. Cotton has a big footprint in the world. Cotton growers use 11 percent of the world's pesticides and it takes more than 700 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make just one T-shirt. But some farmers are doing things differently and Jordan heads out to the fields to find out how.

Then Eco Company visits the second largest wetland restoration project in the entire U.S. located along the San Francisco Bay. For decades a salt production company was located here and used the natural area for solar salt production. But what remains now is an eco-wasteland. On this day a group of teens have volunteered their time to remove unwanted vegetation and plant seedlings natural to the habitat.

San Ramon Valley High School has a very active environmental club, E2, that runs the school's recycling program and built an organic garden. But one member had an idea to save water in the community. Dana Wilke got the town council's approval and support to create a new campaign, "Just Say Water." Eco Company gets the scoop.