Thursday, August 21, 2008

Getting the Pesticide Monkey Off My Back

While I currently fall mostly into the camp of the conventionally grown cotton wearers, the site Hae Now has presented the most convincing and succinct argument against the carcinogenic tee-shirt I am currently wearing. Check out the bits I stole from the site, below, then see links to organic cotton companies at the bottom. The first step toward change is awareness.

What's wrong with conventional cotton?
Why is Organic cotton better?
  • Manual farming and organic practices have a lower carbon footprint as the entire process consumes less fuel and energy and emits fewer greenhouse gases.
  • Not from genetically modified cottonseed.
  • Grown with natural rather than synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, no chemical defoliants used.
  • Eco-friendly processing that does not compromise workers' health and helps reduce water and electric use and toxic runoff, e.g. non-chlorine bleach, silicon-free softeners and low impact, azo-free dyes.
  • Strict testing ensures the absence of contaminants like nickel, lead, formaldehyde, amines, pesticides and heavy metals.
  • People with allergies and chemical sensitivity especially benefit from organic cotton clothing, as conventional cotton may retain harmful toxic residues. Even if you don't have sensitive skin, organic cotton will just feel better against your skin.
Where to shop for Organic clothing, etc (only the tip of a giant iceberg of online retailers)


Andrea said...

Will you look into Solar Energy for me? My power bill this month was $360! I am not kidding! I live in the "Valley of the Sun" - and boy does it use a lot of power to keep us cool! Adam and I were just discussing solar energy. I think there's a lot that could be done to save precious resources and stop poluting our cities. Wouldn't it be cool if there were solar powered cars? Well, I guess if you lived in Alaska it might not be so cool ... but for me, I think it would be great! From what I've seen, it doesn't take many solar panels to generate a lot of energy. Is it ok for me to request your next topic? Do you want to look into this?

erin said...

Cool G. Thanks for the request. I am excited to take requests.
I'll see what I can come up with! Check back soon :)