Organic clothing uses material from sources that comply with organic agricultural standards, such as certain types of cotton, hemp, jute, silk, ramie, bamboo, or wool. Such clothing doesn’t include harmful chemicals or use genetically modified materials. How important is this? Perhaps an example best demonstrates the point. According to the Environmental Justice Foundation and the Pesticide Action Network, cotton covers only 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land, but it uses 16% of the world’s pesticides. Further, non-organic farmers in America often use up to 1/3 pound of synthetic fertilizers to grow one pound, despite the fact that it takes close to a pound of raw cotton to make a single t-shirt—and that is just one fabric! Imagine the impact this has on the planet, as well as your skin. To make matters worse, the clothing industry is notorious for sweat-shops, child labor, low-pay and long hours, and unethical treatment of its out-sourced employees. How much pesticide do you have hanging in your closet, and how many children worked 16-hour days to make it? That’s why we only recommend clothing and accessories that are compliant with organic agriculture standards and the Fair Labor Association’s work practices. Choices about clothing should represent more than just fashion statements.
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