Friday, April 18, 2008

Why buy organic cotton clothing?

Organic cotton production is increasing by more than 15% per year for the last few years.  Why?

A few reasons....

1) People are interested in doing what's right for the environment.  One of those things is buying clothing made of environmentally friendly cotton - organic cotton.  Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.

2) Organic cotton is widely being embraced by holistic practitioners as having a healing or positive energy, which can benefit people - especially those suffering or recovering from illness.  Many with chemical sensitives are finding organic cotton therapeutic.  Just an FYI - cotton is the most heavily pesticide-intensive crop grown in the United States - and we wear it everyday!

3) Buying organic cotton helps support those organic farmers who choose to follow organic practices, such as avoiding the use of toxins, synthetic fertilizer, harsh chemicals, bleaches and dyes.  Instead, organic farmers rely on natural fertilizers, compost and soil amendments.  Those chemicals are taking a toll on the environment.

Think strongly about buying organic cotton in place of regular cotton.  How can you argue against it??

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Earth Day - the eco-friendly holiday!

Earth Day is a week away folks.  Do you know why Earth Day is celebrated all over the world?  Some history according to Wikipedia:

"In September 1969, at a conference in SeattleWashington, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on the environment. Senator Nelson first proposed the nationwide environmental protest to thrust the environment onto the national agenda.” "It was a gamble," he recalls, "but it worked." Five months before the first April 22 Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the rising tide of environmental events.

"Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental being planned for next spring...when a nationwide environmental 'teach-in'...coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned...." Senator Nelson also hired Denis Hayes as the coordinator.

There are lots of ways to celebrate Earth Day.  Some very cool earth day activities on the Earth Day Network site.  Of course planting a tree is at the top of the list.  Think about joining others interested in helping our earth.  There are sure to be local events in your area.  Check them out at the Earth Day Network site at

Happy Earth Day to you and your family!

KC, Hilda, Lily, and Bella

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Organic Cotton For Your Baby

According to the
Sustainable Cotton Project, about 1/3 of a pound of chemicals (pesticides, fertilizers, process chemicals and dyes) are used to make just one cotton t-shirt!
What a shocking statistic!  And yet, we clothe our children with this chemically treated cotton every single day.

We came across this wonderful website, SafBaby.  Recently, they wrote a lengthy eye-opening piece entitled "Decrease World Poverty, buy organic cotton for your baby".  

Please take some time to read their piece.  Not only is this site and article a great source of information but provides an incredible dose of inspiration!

Remember, children are our future!