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Isnít it time we cottoned on to organic clothing? by Stella Claxton

 

synthetic fibres – shiny happy people or static hell?
Remember drip-dry shirts, bri-nylon and the charms of polyester crimplene? The static from those fabrics lit up my childhood in the seventies, and the glam rock bands of the day wore their shiny, sparkly outfits with pride. Those days are gone now, but man-made fibres are still widely used in the form of polyester, nylon and acrylic and these synthetic fabrics will be filling up our nation's landfills for generations.

toxic textiles 
We’re all more aware now of the environmental and health impact of our global food and clothing industries. The organic food industry has seen huge growth, as concern over the harmful effects of herbicides and pesticides in our food supply chain has led to the demand for organic produce and vegetables. Now we’re seeing the same concerns about the production of our textiles and clothing. For instance, conventional cotton farming is one of agriculture’s most environmentally damaging activities. The simple act of growing and harvesting the one pound of cotton fibre needed to make a T-shirt takes a huge toll on the air, water, and soil, due to the herbicides and pesticides used in its production. Problems linked to pesticide use include reduced soil fertility, water pollution, reduced biodiversity in the surrounding areas and wild animal and livestock poisoning. On top of all that at least 20,000 people in developing countries die every year from poisoning by agricultural pesticides and 3 million suffer acute after effects including reproductive problems.*

 
chemical spraying of conventional cotton crop

choose organic clothing 
As the public’s awareness has grown, organic cotton, organic wool, and other sustainable and renewable natural fibres are increasingly replacing conventional cotton, wool and synthetic fibres as the fabrics of choice. There is now a growing demand for clothing that is free of toxic chemicals, and choosing to wear organic cotton and wool will help enormously towards eliminating these environmentally damaging practices. Today, organic clothing is available in beautiful natural colours and fashionable styles. The days of drab and boring organic clothing are long gone, and we hope that by making a selection of beautiful organic products for your family and home, we can all help to shape the future of sustainable and safer textiles.                                                                                                                                                

 * Figures taken from the Pesticide Action Network (PAN UK) - Organic cotton - A practical guide to the UK market.

FAQs about our organic cotton and organic merino wool products
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further information about organic clothing and textiles:
The Sustainable Cotton Project 
www.sustainablecotton.org
The Soil Association
www.soilassociation.org

 

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