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Questions are divided into ‘thinking points to help you think about  in more detail. They are also divided into levels of challenge to help you review the level you are at. 

Bronze - a basic level question 

Silver - challenging question aimed at medium/ higher GCSE level

Gold - very challenging question aimed at higher GCSE / A level

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Question 1 (2 marks)                                      Bronze - basic level question 

Explain what is meant by organic cotton. 


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Keywords in the question

Explain (instruction word)

Organic cotton (Find out what this means)


Things to ask yourself to help you think around the question

  • What is the difference between organic and non organic cotton?
  • What standards does organic cotton have to meet to be certified as organic?


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Top tips

  • The question is worth 2 marks so you will need to give more than just a definition of what organic cotton is 
  • Try to be specific with the examples you give e.g. avoid vague words like ‘chemicals’ and use words like ‘pesticides’, ‘fertiliser’ along with words like ‘toxic’
  • Read the question carefully - the organic label only refers to the production of the fibre and to to the production of the product. If the question refers to a product this therefore doesn’t necessarily mean it is sustainable as it depends on how the product is made.


Similar questions that might be asked

  • Why would a consumer prefer to buy organic products?
  • What value does the organic label add to a product?


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