More than 85% of the world's clothing is made from cotton. In the United States
alone, we use approximately 600 thousand tons of pesticides and chemical
fertilizers on cotton fields each season!! In fact, 25% of all chemical pesticides
used world wide are used on cotton crops. Did you know it takes about 1 pound
of chemical pesticides to grow enough cotton for just one t-shirt?
Aldicarb, which is the pesticide used most frequently on cotton crops, is also the
most acutely toxic pesticide registered with the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA). Just one drop absorbed through the skin is enough to kill a person. Almost 2
million pounds of Aldicarb is applied to crops in the United States annually.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 20,000 deaths in developing
countries each year are atributable to incidental pesticide poisoning, many of these
from cotton farming.
what are you wearing right now?
We all wear cotton in some form. When we get hot, the pores on our skin open to
allow our bodies to sweat and cool off. But in doing so, these open pores also allow
us to absorb things back in. Kind of makes you wonder what's in our clothes...and
what might be getting back into our bodies, doesn't it?
Consumer demand for organic cotton currently stands just shy of $1 billion, showing
that organic cotton offers a really strong economic option. Currently demand
outstrips supply but this will change as farmers see they can still grow crops without
chemical pesticides and be competitive.
There is a great selection of organic clothing at all price points, ranging from H&M
and Target at the lower level, up to raw earth wild sky, edun, Deborah Lindquist
and Loomstate at the designer level, and even all the way up to Couture designers
who are using and developing some amazing new eco-fabrications.
raw earth wild sky
a new stream of consciousness...